Biography

PhD, MSc, LLM, LLB, PG Cert. Professional Legal Studies (Solicitor), PG Cert. in Higher Education Practice & Research, Senior Fellow of HEA.

Dr Karen Mc Cullagh is the Course Director for the LLM in Media Law, Policy & Practice.  She is a non-practising Solicitor, having qualified and practised Law in Northern Ireland before entering academia. Whilst undertaking postgraduate studies, Karen held a Lectureship at the University of Salford and was employed as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester and a Research Assistant at Queen’s University, Belfast.  

Karen holds both a LLB (Hons) in Law and a Master of Laws from Queen’s University, Belfast. She also holds an MSc in Social Research Methods & Statistics and a PhD from the University of Manchester.  During her postgraduate studies, Karen spent time at a number of other universities including: the Berkman Centre at Harvard University, Katholieke University, Leuven and the National Research Centre for Computers and Law, University of Oslo, Norway. 

Karen’s research specialism is information rights.  One strand of her recent and on-going research focuses on the General Data Protection Regulation and related UK Data Protection Bill (specifically on the model of personal data in the GDPR, the concept of functional anonymisation, and implications for users of administrative data).   A second strand considers the data protection implications of Brexit, specifically relationship between UK and EU data protection law, the likelihood of obtaining and maintaining an adequacy decision, and implications for the UK’s economy.

Twitter:@karenmccullagh

All Publications

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Elliot, M., O’Hara, K., Raab, C., O'Keefe, C. M., Mackey, E., Dibben, C., Gowans, H., Purdam, K., McCullagh, K.

(2018)

Functional anonymisation: Personal data and the data environment,

in Computer Law & Security Review

34

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pp. 204-221

Full Text UEA Repository

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2017)

Response to Department of Media, Culture & Sports DCMS Call for views on the General Data Protection Regulation derogations,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Mc Cullagh, K.

(2017)

Information access rights in FOIA and FOISA – fit for purpose?,

in Edinburgh Law Review

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pp. 55-87

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2017)

Brexit: Potential Implications for Digital and 'Fintech' industries,

in International Data Privacy Law

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pp. 3-21

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2016)

The General Data Protection Regulation: A Partial Success for Children on Social Network Sites?,

in Data Protection, Privacy and European Regulation in the Digital Age.

Forum Iuris

ISBN 978-951-51-2530-9

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2016)

Response to the call by DCMS for views on the potential implications of Brexit for Data Protection stakeholders: Brexit: Potential Implications for Digital and ‘Fintech’ Industries,

(Other)

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2016)

Cross-border data protection: Applicable law and territorial powers of national data protection supervisors,

in SCRIPTed

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article no. 95

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2015)

A tangled web of access to information: reflections on R (on the application of Evans) and another v Her Majesty's Attorney General,

in Web Journal of Current Legal Issues

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2015)

Response to the Ministry of Justice Consultation - Court and Tribunal Fees (Freedom of Information),

(Other contribution)

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2015)

Independent Commission on Freedom of Information - Response to Call for Evidence,

Full Text

(Other contribution)

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2011)

Cloud Computing,

in Cyber & Mobile Commerce: An analysis of crime, finance, media and trade in the digital age.

Uni of Hertfordshire press

UEA Repository

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2011)

Click Happy?: An Analysis of the Use of An Electronic Voting System (EVS) in Large Group Lectures to Improve Interaction and Engagement,

in Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

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pp. 189-213

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2011)

Click happy?: an analysis of the use of Electronic Voting Systems (EVS) in large group lectures to improve interactivity,

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2011)

Response to EU Commission on Public Consultation on Cloud Computing.,

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(Other contribution)

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2010)

Facebook Privacy – A scary Story,

in ActNow Newsletter

2010

(37th Newsletter)

pp. 14

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2009)

IP addresses and personal data: K.U. v Finland,

in Data Protection Quarterly

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pp. 18-19

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2009)

Protecting ‘privacy’ through control of ‘personal’ data processing: a flawed approach,

in International Review of Law, Computers & Technology

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pp. 47-58

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2008)

Blogging: self presentation and privacy,

in Information & Communications Technology Law

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pp. 3-23

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2007)

Data Sensitivity: proposals for resolving the conundrum,

in Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology

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pp. 190-201

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Mc Cullagh, K.

(2004)

Developing European Legal Information Markets based on Government Information,

in International Journal of Law and Information Technology

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pp. 247-281

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Key Research Interests

Karen’s research specialism is information rights: both the commercial and fundamental rights aspects of privacy and data protection and Freedom of Information, as an aspect of public law. 

Her PhD (sponsored by the ESRC and UK Information Commissioners Office) examined the concept of ‘private’ data in light of social media communications.

Her research is multidisciplinary in nature; it explores the legal and policy implications of online behaviours and emerging technologies, with a particular focus on privacy and data protection in the context of the creative, digital, and sharing sectors of the UK's economy.

One strand of her recent and on-going research focuses on the General Data Protection Regulation and related UK Data Protection Bill (specifically on the model of personal data in the GDPR, the concept of functional anonymisation, and implications for users of administrative data).   A second strand focuses on the data protection implications of Brexit, specifically the level of privacy data protection in the proposed UK legal framework, the likelihood of obtaining and maintaining an adequacy decision, and implications for the UK’s digital economy. 

Karen is a member of the Executive Committee of BILETA (British & Irish Law, Education & Technology Association).  She is the IT editor for the European Journal of Current Legal Interests (EJoCLI) and a reviewer for a number of journals, including: Script-ed, the European Journal of Law & Technology (EJLT) and the International Review of Law Computers and Technology.

Karen is interested in supervising research students in all areas of privacy and data protection, freedom of information, and other legal aspects of information technology, such as the use of social media technologies to promote e-democracy and freedom of expression. 

Teaching Interests

Karen is the Course Director for the LLM in Media Law, Policy & Practice.  She is module organiser for Internet Law & Governance and The Law of E-Commerce modules and teaches on the Protection of Privacy & Reputation module on the LLM Programmes: Media Law Policy & Practice and IP & IT Law. She also teaches on the Internet Law, Media Law and Constitutional & Administrative Law undergraduate modules. Karen also contributes to the 'Global Media and Communications Law' module as part of the University's International Summer School programmes.

 

Teaching Excellence 

Karen is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Karen won a UEA Students' Union Transforming Education Award in 2017-18, under the category: Advisor of the Year Award. Students who nominated her commented that she was “very helpful and informative in guiding students;” and had “been very helpful and supportive throughout my academic year. She made me feel welcome even though I am an International student. When I first enrolled in UEA, she taught me how to adapt to the different culture,” as well as “I do believe that my experience of University is better because of her and she can help me with anything.”  

Karen was also nominated for a Student Law Society award in the category: ‘Lecturer who makes me want to attend a 9am lecture!,’ in the academic year 2015-16. 

Karen received a UEA Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012-2013. The award panel praised her ‘extremely innovative approach to teaching, in particular the powerful effect of using multiple media approaches for teaching, which allow her to bring a highly personal approach to large class teaching, and noted that her feedback materials were models of clarity.’ They also commended her ‘impressive commitment to pastoral support and praised her exceptional and inspirational teaching.

She was previously nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Salford in 2008 and 2011.

 

Teaching Pedagogy

Karen conducted a study on the use of ‘clicker quizzes’ to improve interaction and engagement in Lectures and as a formative assessment tool in 2011. She presented the findings of the clicker study at the 6th annual Education in a Changing Environment Conference where the paper was shortlisted for a prize. She also disseminated the findings of the action study in the journal: Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 

Karen conducted a pilot study on the use of films and documentaries to teach Internet law during the academic year 2016-17.  She disseminated the findings of her study in three different ways: a poster at the University’s Learning & Teaching Conference in May 2017 and at the BILETA conference 2018, and article in the University’s Learning Highlights Magazine (Spring edition).

 

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Radio Interview: BBC Radio Ulster - news interview discussing the potential legal implications of media and social media reporting during the trial of high profile defendants (Ulster and Ireland Rugby players). (29.03.18)
  • Radio Interview: BBC Radio Foyle - news interview discussing the potential legal implications (open justice, contempt, impact on jurors) of media and social media reporting during the trial of high profile defendants (Ulster and Ireland Rugby players).(29.03.18)
  • The Law Society Gazette,  (quotes Karen Mc Cullagh) Snooping could threaten post Brexit data law, (29.08.17)
  • BBC, Chris Baraniuk (quotes Karen Mc Cullagh) Brexit: UK seeks data transfer pact with the EU,  (24.08.17)

  • Radio Interview (2nd Feb 2016, BBC Radio Norfolk with Nick Conrad) - news interview discussing the potential legal implications of impersonating businesses or individuals on social media.

  • Norfolk & Norwich Law Society, 'Data Protection Update,' 30th October 2014

  • Radio Interview (15th August 2014, BBC Radio Norfolk with Nicky Price) - discussing the electoral register, the privacy and data protection implications of being on the register and how to opt-out from the open register.

  • Radio Interview (2nd June 2014, BBC Radio Berkshire with Andrew Peach) - discussing the implications of a data disclosure by South Central Ambulance Service. 

  • Radio Interview (2nd June 2014, BBC Oxford with Phil Gayle) - discussing the implications of a data protection breach by an employer and how the law could be reformed. 

  • Radio Interview (22nd March 2014, BBC Radio Norfolk) – explaining a warning issued by Norfolk & Norwich Constabulary about young men being blackmailed when sharing explicit images online.

  • Radio interview (20th November 2013, BBC Radio Norfolk ‘On Air’) - discussing the Emma Way case - the first UK case in which an individual was prosecuted as a result of a self-incriminating tweet.

  • Radio Interview (29th November 2012, BBC Radio Norfolk) - Leveson Report.

 

 

Professional Activities

  • Invited expert, ESRC and ICO Workshop 2: on Managing social science research under GDPR, London, 18th April 2018.
  • Invited Speaker, National Association of Data Protection Officers (NADPO), London, 27 March 2018.
  • Invited expert, ESRC and ICO Workshop 1: on Managing social science research under GDPR, Manchester, 14th March 2018.
  • Invited workshop participant, My healthy future: adolescent health, PHG Foundation, Cambridge, 12 March 2018. 
  • Author of collaborative response (sponsored by BILETA) to response to Department of Media, Culture & Sports DCMS Call for views on the General Data Protection Regulation derogations, May 2017.
  • Invited Panellist, Data Protection After Brexit, Computers, Privacy & Data Protection 10th Annual Conference, Brussels, 25-27 January 2017

  • Invited Speaker, Brexit: Data Protection Implications for the Digital Technology Sector, at CIPPM Annual Symposium, Bournemouth University, 3rd November 2016

  • Guest Editor of International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, (2015) Vol 29, Iss. 1, special edition containing papers presented at the 29th Annual BILETA Conference

  • Co-editor (with Dr Daithí Mac Síthigh) of Scripted Journal, Vol. 11, Iss. 3, (2014) special edition containing papers presented at the 29th Annual BILETA conference. 

  • Host and Organiser of 29th Annual BILETA Conference (14-16th April 2014) Hosted at UEA, Norwich

  • Host and Co-Organiser (with Prof Lilian Edwards) of Gikii VII Conference (17-18th Sept 2012) Hosted at UEA London

  • Invited plenary speaker: “Stead - a reflection on the development of investigative journalism in the UK” (16-17th April 2012) WT Stead Centenary Conference for a Newspaper Revolutionary, British Library Conference Centre, London

  • Lead author of collaborative response to EU Commission on Public Consultation on Cloud Computing. (2011) Funded by the Information Technology Think Tank, which is supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and led by the SCRIPT/AHRC Centre for Research and Intellectual Property and Technology, University of Edinburgh

Administrative Posts

Course Director, LLM Media Law Policy & Practice (2016-)

Member of Teaching & Learning Committee (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15)

Member of Staff Student Liaison Committee (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16)

Deputy Senior Adviser (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16)

Personal Adviser (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16)

Year One Co-ordinator (2012-13)