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Why the EU General Data Protection Regulation is relevant to Australia, and the UN dimension

Monday, 23 July 2018


Presented by Professor Joseph Cannataci - United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

The implementation of the European Union's ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ (GDPR) in May 2018 marked the biggest change to personal privacy since the advent of the internet.  But for most of us it meant being inundated by a plethora of emails from online services about updates to their privacy policy.  At its core, GDPR is a set of laws designed to give EU citizens more control over personal data collected online with an aim of simplifying regulation around privacy.  While the GDPR is a European regulation, its reach spreads far beyond European boundaries, with the rest of the world, including Australia, bound by the GDPR requirements if businesses operate in the EU or provide services to its citizens. Professor Cannataci will discuss how the GDPR can help Australia find a way out from its current position as a laggard in terms of regulation and protection for its citizens in a world where breaches of privacy are becoming increasingly common.

In addition to Professor Cannataci’s position as the United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, he is head of Department of Information Policy & Governance at the University of Malta, and an adjunct Professor with the ECU Security Research Institute.

Event details:

Where:  ECU, Building 1, Room 447 (Council Chambers) 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup WA 6027
When: Thursday 2 August
Time: 4.00pm – 6.00pm Comprising Lecture, Q&A and light reception)


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