Marion Oswald is Head of the interdisciplinary Centre for Information Rights at the University of Winchester and Senior Fellow in Law. She holds a degree in law and is a practising solicitor. Her research focuses on the interaction between law and digital technology. She writes in particular on the privacy impacts of new technologies, and the legal and social issues raised by personal data sharing.
Recent work includes Mandatory reporting of child abuse - necessary medicine for ‘nervous nellies’ or a remedy too far? (International Data Privacy Law, 2013, Vol. 3, No. 4, 269-277) and Something Bad Might Happen: Lawyers, anonymization and risk (XRDS, Fall 2013, Vol. 20, No. 1, 23-26). Forthcoming publications include a chapter in the Digital Enlightenment Yearbook 2014 entitled Seek, and ye shall not necessarily find: The Google Spain decision, the surveiller on the street and privacy vigilantism.
Her research project into attitudes to sharing personal data with the public sector was cited by the Law Commission’s report, Data Sharing between Public Bodies (July 2014). She is an executive member of the British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association. Previously she held legal counsel roles for Apple, McAfee, Time Warner, Ordnance Survey and the Ministry of Defence, specialising in information technology, data protection and information rights.