Panellists at the OAIC’s de-identification workshop announced

19 October 2016
Tags: news

De-identification is one of the most important, and fastest moving subjects in privacy management right now, and OAIC is soon hosting a workshop on de-identification as a means to protect privacy in data sharing and data analytics projects.

We’re delighted to announce a diverse expert panel who will provide insights into the legal, social, privacy and technical issues of this critical privacy challenge.


  • Dr Khaled El Emam, the founder and CEO of Privacy Analytics, a professor at the University of Ottawa, a senior scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute and Director of the multi-disciplinary Electronic Health Information Laboratory (EHIL) team
  • Ian Oppermann, CEO and Chief Data Scientist at NSW Data Analytics Centre
  • Gemma Van Halderen, the leader of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Strategy and Partnerships Division
  • Dr Stephen Hardy, the Group Leader of Data Platform Engineering at Data61, CSIRO
  • Anna Johnston, the Director of Salinger Privacy
  • Paul McCarney, the co-founder and CEO of Data Republic, and Non-Executive Director for Trade Me and Cirrus Media
  • Dr Vanessa Teague, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne
  • Timothy Pilgrim, the Australian Privacy Commissioner and Australian Information Commissioner.

Data sharing and analytics projects can provide valuable insights to inform various areas, including policy-making, research and technological innovation — but where any project collects personal information, there will be concern over how people’s right to privacy is being protected.

Our workshop’s expert panel will discuss how de-identification may be a privacy enhancing tool, what limits there may be, and what the next steps are in implementing de-identification.

This discussion will further inform our work on providing guidance on de-identification.

How to register

When: 9.00am to 12.30pm on Wednesday 16 November 2016 
Where: Crowne Plaza
 Crossings Room 
 1 Binara St, Canberra ACT 2601
Cost: $545 + GST 
Register: Register online using the code OAIC16 for a 20% discounted rate for the workshop.


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