Functions of a privacy/data protection regulator in an age of big data analytics
The recent Cambridge Analytica scandal reminds us of the vulnerability of personal data to massive abuse. So what are the functions of a privacy/data protection regulator in minimising risks and responding to breaches while maintaining space for ethical data research and analysis? This is the topic of a panel discussion chaired by Megan Richardson, Co-Director CMCL and Director IPRIA at the Melbourne Law School, with the Privacy and Data Protection Deputy Commissioner, Rachel Dixon. They will be joined by big data, information security and legal experts Abigail Payne, Vanessa Teague, Karin Clark and Mark Taylor. This free event is co-hosted by CMCL, IPRIA and the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne, and the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC).
Karen Clark, Melbourne Law School
Melbourne Law School
Karin Clark was Special Counsel with Allens and practised for many years in the firm's Communications, Media and Technology Practice Group specialising in advising on compliance with privacy laws. She also worked in the firm's commercial, finance and resources departments and headed its knowledge management department. She is currently a Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters) teaching in the Privacy Law subject.
Dr Mark Taylor, Melbourne Law School
Dr Mark Taylor
Melbourne Law School
Mark Taylor Melbourne Law School, is Deputy Director HeLEX@Melbourne. He specialises in privacy and legal and ethical conceptions of the public interest. Author of Genetic Data and the Law (CUP, 2012), he was British Academy MidCareer Fellow, and Establishing Chair of the Confidentiality Advisory Group for the Health Research Authority in England before taking up his appointment at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Moria Paterson, Monash University
Professor Moria Paterson
Moira Paterson Faculty of Law, Monash University, researches in field of information law, with a key focus on freedom of information, privacy and data protection, health records and public records law. She is the author of Freedom of Information and Privacy in Australia: Government and Information Access in the Modern State (LexisNexis, 2005) and Freedom of Information and Privacy in Australia: Information Access 2.0 (LexisNexis, 2015).
Dr Vanessa Teague, University of Melbourne
Dr Vanessa Teague
University of Melbourne
Vanessa Teague Department of Computing and Information Systems, Faculty of Engineering, the University of Melbourne, is a cryptographer with an interest in cryptographic protocols that support a free and democratic society. Her main research interest is in electronic voting protocols, which aim to protect individual voter privacy while providing verifiable evidence of a correct election result.
Rachel Dixon, Privacy and Data Protection Deputy Commissioner
Privacy and Data Protection Deputy Commissioner
Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner
Rachel Dixon Privacy and Data Protection Deputy Commissioner, OVIC. Rachel Dixon has a diverse and impressive career, holding senior positions in the private sector for Australian and International technology companies, where she led large teams and developed expertise in the areas of data, privacy, cybersecurity and information security. Prior to her appointment at OVIC she worked most recently as Head of Identity at the Australian Government’s Digital Transformation Agency.