Anna Donovan


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Trilateral Research & Consulting, UK

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Anna Donovan is a Senior Research Analyst at Trilateral Research. Anna’s work is focused on legal impacts of current and emerging data technologies and practices, including privacy and data protection assessments of risks related to big data platforms and drone use. Anna is the author of the chapter titled ‘Big Data Drone Data’ published in The Future of drone Use: opportunities and threats from ethical and legal perspectives. Additionally, Anna leads the delivery of GDPR compliance activities for public and private sector clients, including Data Protection Impact Assessments, GDPR Gap Analyses, lawful basis for processing assessments and Privacy Notice drafting. She is an Australian-qualified lawyer, and she holds an LLM in Information and Communication Technology Law from the Norwegian Research Centre for Computers and Law (NRCCL), the University of Oslo, where she focused on the European Data Protection framework and corresponding data protection approaches by third countries (including Australia, New Zealand, US).


Privacy and data protection have been highlighted as risks and negative impacts of drone use. This has also been recognised by policy-makers with the latest version of EASA Draft Regulations clearly highlighting the need for (1) compliance procedures by operators and (2) training and certification by pilots. The DroneRules PRO presentation will focus on providing an overview of how particular online resources can be used to help drone users and manufacturers ensure that their operations comply with privacy and data protection requirements. It will highlight the usefulness of the DroneRules PRO-developed resources and it will explore how they can be incorporated into drone pilot and operator training. To illustrate some of its content, the presentation will also seek to provide some practical guidance to conference listeners about how to apply best practices and contribute to a safer, more GDPR-friendly operations. To encourage stakeholder involvement, the presentation will highlight the project’s next steps and opportunities for stakeholders to become involved and join upcoming training sessions by the DroneRules PRO project.

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