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OAIC visits WA

Acting Australian Information Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, visited Perth this week to lead a series of training and stakeholder engagement activities which made a substantial and positive impact on privacy awareness in the Western Australian (WA) capital.

The visit included a lecture at Edith Cowan University on privacy as a human right — which was well attended by many leaders of Perth’s academic and science community, including WA’s Chief Scientist — and a business breakfast attended by over 100 leaders of Perth’s business and corporate communities, kindly hosted by Gilbert + Tobin lawyers. The Commissioner also met with the WA Freedom of Information Commissioner, and Chief Information Officer, and visited ABC’s Perth studios for an interview and to answer privacy questions sent by listeners.

The Perth visit also hosted the first face-to-face meeting of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) new Privacy Professionals Network (PPN), in which local privacy practitioners could hear updates from the OAIC directly, and pose questions and concerns about best privacy practice and current issues. This was a very positive session and the Commissioner noted the importance of having the first meeting in WA, symbolising “that the national privacy regular will engage with stakeholders on a national basis.”

Other meetings of the PPN will be announced shortly. Please join our PPN mailing list to receive updates on future events, which will be held both online and in various Australian city locations.