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Interpreting Privacy Principles research project
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The "Interpreting Privacy Principles" research project is supported by an ARC Discovery grant 2006-2009 to a research team based at the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre, UNSW Faculty of Law.


Interpreting Privacy Principles
(ARC 'Discovery' Research Project)


Meeting privacy challenges –
the ALRC & NSWLRC Privacy Reviews

2 October 2008, 9.30am-4.30pm
Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

About | Registration | Program [PDF]

with links to materials

09:00 am   Registration

09:30 am


Introduction, objectives, format and program

Professor Graham Greenleaf, UNSW Law Faculty and
Director, Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre

Launch of 'Australian Privacy Law Library' [paper]

09:40 am

Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State, Senator John Faulkner [speech]

Chair: Judge Kevin O'Connor, President of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal and former federal Privacy Commissioner.
[also cited Sen Faulkner at 27 Aug OFPC Awards - speech]

10:00 am

Panel Session 1:
How well do the ALRC/NSWLRC proposals contribute to building consumer trust in electronic commerce?

Chair: Nigel Waters, Research Fellow, Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre, UNSW

  • Chris Gration, Head of External Relations, Veda Advantage
    'Building consumer trust in electronic commerce' [slides] [paper]
  • Chris Connolly, Director, Galexia Consulting
    "The ALRC proposals and consumer trust in electronic commerce" [slides]
    "Trustmark Schemes Struggle to Protect Privacy" [paper]


  • Keith Besgrove, First Assistant Secretary, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
  • Julie Inman Grant, Regional Director of Internet Safety and Security, Microsoft Asia Pacific [slides]
10:50 am   Morning Tea
11:10 am  

Panel Session 2:
How well do the ALRC/NSWLRC proposals contribute to
delivering effective enforcement of privacy rules, and
remedies for breaches?

Chair: Adrian Lawrence, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

  • Professor Graham Greenleaf, UNSW
    "‘Responsive regulation’ of privacy: Does the ALRC deliver?" [slides]
  • Timothy Pilgrim, Deputy Australian Privacy Commissioner


  • Judge Ken Taylor, NSW Privacy Commissioner
  • Robin Banks, CEO, Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and Member, Privacy Advisory Committee
12:00 pm  

Panel Session 3:
How well do the ALRC/NSWLRC proposals contribute to
providing a set of global best-practice Privacy Principles
which also adequately address privacy threats and opportunities from emerging technologies?

Chair: David Vaile, Executive Director, Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre, UNSW

  • Karen Curtis, Australian Privacy Commissioner
  • Nigel Waters, UNSW Summary
    "Towards best practice Privacy Principles", with Greenleaf [slides][paper]
    overview notes on ALRC report, with Greenleaf [paper]
  • Holly Raiche, Visiting Fellow, Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre


  • Julie Inman Grant, Microsoft Asia Pacific
12:50 pm   Lunch
1:30 pm  

Panel Session 4:
How well do the ALRC/NSWLRC proposals contribute to
meeting international standards for cross-border data transfers?

Chair: Catherine Parr, Partner, Allens Arthur Robinson and Deputy Chair of the Law Council of Australia Working Party on Privacy Law

  • Malcolm Crompton, Information Integrity Solutions and former Federal Privacy Commissioner
    "Two approaches to cross-border data transfers" [paper]


  • Chris Connolly, Director, Galexia Consulting
    "Asia-Pacific Region at the Privacy Crossroads" [paper]
    "Commentary on the ALRC Recommendations for Cross
    Border Transfers" [notes]
  • Professor Graham Greenleaf, UNSW
    "Cross-border data flows: Who benefits from abandoning borders?" [slides]
  • Peter Ford, ANU College of Law and Former First Assistant Secretary, Commonwealth Attonery-General's Department
2:15 pm  

Panel Session 5:
Who will be protected by a private right of action?

This session is presented jointly with the Centre for Media and Communications Law, University of Melbourne and the session will be repeated in Melbourne on the evening of 8 October. More information available here.


Chair: Patrick Gunning, Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jacques

  • Professor Michael Tilbury, NSWLRC [slides]
  • Adrian Lawrence, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
  • Professor Megan Richardson, University of Melbourne Law School
3:00 pm   Afternoon Tea
3:20 pm  

Panel Session 6:
How well do the ALRC/NSWLRC proposals contribute to
limiting the growth of a Surveillance Society?

Chair: Helen Versey, Privacy Commissioner of Victoria

  • Pauline Wright, Vice President, NSW Council for Civil Liberties [paper]
  • Catherine Smith, Acting First Assistant Secretary, Security and Critical Infrastructure Division, Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department
  • Chris Muir, Director, AML/CTF Rules and Guidance, AUSTRAC
4:00 pm  

How well do the proposals meet the privacy challenges ahead?

Chair: Professor Graham Greenleaf

  • The Australian Privacy Commissioner’s Perspective – Karen Curtis
  • Response from Professors David Weisbrot and Les McCrimmon, Australian Law Reform Commission, and Michael Tilbury, NSW LRC
  • Summing up – Nigel Waters
4:30 pm  



Note that each session above includes links to available presentations and papers.

We gratefully acknowledge assistance from Veda Advantage in helping support engagement by community, consumer, non-government and civil society organisations in ongoing privacy policy and law reform discussions.

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