Acting Australian Information Commissioner opens the 2015 iappANZ Summit

30 November 2015
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This month Acting Australian Information Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, opened the annual International Association of Privacy Professionals Australia & New Zealand (iappANZ) Summit in Melbourne, and took the opportunity to highlight international privacy developments that will impact how business, government and the OAIC approach privacy and data protection.

Many of these developments were explored during the 37th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, which the Commissioner had recently attended, and iappANZ presented an excellent forum to relay international events that will affect global privacy practices.

These included:

  • the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union to overturn the Safe Harbour scheme
  • the proposed new European Union General Data Protection Regulation, which is set to replace the Data Protection Directive
  • the International Conference’s ‘Resolution on Transparency Reporting’, which urges governments to develop consistent reporting across jurisdictions about requests for personal data. This is a particularly important safeguard where protecting national security impacts the privacy of individuals.

The Commissioner reminded attendees of the need for privacy regulators and business to remain flexible and adaptable in accommodating and responding to rapid and ongoing technological changes.

The full text of the Commissioner’s speech is available on the Speeches page of our website.

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