Dr. Bev Townsend is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the York Law School at the University of York, UK. She holds the following degrees: BA LLB LLM PGDip LLM (cum laude) PhD (UCT). Her expertise is in data protection and in integrating the law and ethics into safe and resilient autonomous systems (robots). Her research has focused on digital health, privacy, data protection law, data sharing and international data transfers, ethics, human rights, biotechnologies, AI, and regulation and governance. She is an honorary research fellow at UKZN.