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Privacy Awareness Week 2016 launches with UN Privacy Rapporteur challenging Australia to take a global privacy lead

This morning the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and the Australian Privacy Commissioner both addressed leaders from Australia’s government and business community at a packed Privacy Business Breakfast in Sydney.

Professor Joe Cannataci offered his global perspective on privacy management in the information age; challenging Australia to take a lead role in defending the relationship between privacy, freedom and ‘the fair go’.

‘Privacy is recognised as a fundamental right under international law as is freedom of expression. Everyone should have a fair go at developing their personality, and privacy is essential to that’, said Professor Cannataci. ‘I encourage Australia to lead the Asia-Pacific region in protecting fundamental freedoms like privacy.’

The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, provided a national perspective at the breakfast and outlined his office’s priorities for the coming year.

 ‘My priority is protecting Australian's personal information in the digital age. In the coming year my office will be addressing these modern challenges by releasing guidance on big data, de-identification and the Internet of Things to help businesses and the wider community take privacy in their hands.’

‘I will also protect the privacy of everyday consumers by undertaking privacy assessments into consumer loyalty programs and releasing practical help for parents to protect their children’s privacy online.’

Privacy Awareness Week runs from 15 to 21 May 2016. Professor Cannataci’s next public appearance will be at Australian National University on Tuesday night.  Further information about resources and events for Privacy Awareness Week is available at You can join the conversation by following @OAICgov or #2016PAW.