James Leaton Gray, CIPP/E


Privacy Practice


At The Privacy Practice James provides bespoke consultancy services in Data Protection and Privacy, specialising in Strategic privacy positioning; integrating privacy systems in business operations; and data breach management. He also writes the Privacy Practice Blog shining light onto current issues. He also works as an Associate at Kemp Little Consulting and Control Shift ltd.

Before leaving the BBC as Controller of Information Policy, James was providing policy guidance and designing a privacy programme for the BBC as it develops its personalisation & big data capability. Before that for over 10 years James headed the corporation’s Information Policy and Compliance Department overseeing the BBC’s systems for compliance with the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts. His team was involved in many high profile cases in this rapidly evolving area of the law. 
Before that he had a wide variety of management roles including overseeing projects to ensure the BBC’s impartiality during elections and the introduction of staff multi-skilling in areas of BBC News. Before joining the legal section he was a programme maker and spent much of his time in political journalism. He edited many of the BBC’s Political and Parliamentary programmes including Today/Yesterday in Parliament, The Week in Westminster, Westminster Live, and the documentary series Scrutiny.
He was one of the first staff members to be invited to take part in the BBC’s MBA programme. He is a former Chairman of the Strategic Planning Society, and is a member of BAFTA and the Royal Television Society. He is on the editorial board of Data Protection Law & Policy.



Contributions by James Leaton Gray

  • Who Wants to Be a DPO? The Game Show
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2019
  • AI Meets Privacy: How the GDPR May Impact Machine Learning
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2018
  • Big Data in E-Business: Leveraging Opportunities in a Privacy-Sensitive Society
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2016
  • Technology and Privacy: Romeo and Juliet or Montagues and Capulets?
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2016
  • Big Data in E-business: Leveraging Opportunities in a Privacy-sensitive Society
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2015