Recap: ANZ Summit 2019

The IAPP ANZ Summit delivered education and insights about privacy and data protection issues in Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

More than 300 privacy professionals convened at the IAPP ANZ Summit 2019 in Sydney, 29-30 October. Speakers and attendees explored the intersection of global data privacy with local and regional trends and regulations.

John Edwards, the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner delivered a passionate keynote speech titled “Addressing the Power Asymmetry of the Big Tech Companies” that some called the best privacy speech of the year. He described the diffused power of individuals and regulators and contrasted that with the consolidated power of just a few large tech companies. He also spoke about how digital platforms are undermining basic human rights like freedom of thought and association, based on our data -- which is “obtained under mostly false pretences, deceptive conduct or half-true declarations of purpose buried in a thesis-length legalese privacy policy.”

Woodrow Hartzog, professor at Northeastern University School of Law and the College of Computer and Information Science, and author of Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies gave a fascinating keynote speech. In it, he made the case that there’s more to a holistic privacy plan than just data protection.

Breakout session topics offered practical advice, best practices and spanned regulatory and corporate-level concerns, including how to make privacy your competitive edge. The GDPR session that offered insights on enforcement and compliance for non-EU Agencies was a big hit.

ANZ Summit attendees made valuable new connections throughout the IAPP community and beyond. We’re already looking forward to next year’s ANZ Summit!


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#ANZsummit19 Highlights

2019 Keynote Speakers

John Edwards

Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand, Office of the Privacy Commissioner

New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner’s Office has made international headlines calling for greater accountability from social media platforms. Attendees heard from the man who has raised deep questions around the benefits, and potential harms, of these technologies.

Angelene Falk

Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner

Commissioner Falk provided a debrief on the privacy landscape nationwide. Attendees gained insights on the OAIC’s policies, regulatory updates and possible challenges on the horizon.

Woodrow Hartzog

Professor of Law and Computer Science, Northeastern University

His research on privacy, media, and robotics has been published in scholarly publications such as the Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, and California Law Review and popular publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian.

2019 Keynote Panel

Moderator: Malcolm Crompton, CIPP/US

Founder, Lead Privacy Advisor, Information Integrity Solutions

Joyce Chua, CIPP/A, CIPM

Asia Pacific Privacy Officer, Sony Electronics

James Dipple-Johnstone

Deputy Commissioner, Operations, U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office

Hilary Wandall, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPM, FIP

SVP, Privacy Intelligence and General Counsel, TrustArc

Attendees heard operational and regulatory perspectives from leaders around the world on the next generation of data privacy.

2019 Breakout Session Highlights


From Privacy by Design to Privacy Engineering: Turning Law into Design Solutions

Efforts to achieve Privacy by Design can be frustrated by competing interests, conflicting requirements and misunderstood terminology from privacy, data protection and cybersecurity fields. Attendees learned where the communication around privacy requirements breaks down and how to translate privacy principles into actionable IT requirements.


Making Good Health Data Uses Real: Practical Accountability by Design

High level statements of ethical principles for good uses of health data achieve little. Concrete frameworks, governance forums, processes and methodologies must be agreed to and applied to make good uses real. Attendees learned how frameworks, tools and methodologies, while immature, are now evolving and becoming more useful.


AI — What’s the Drama? Applying Accountability to New Tech

This panel session examined several privacy concepts that can be built upon to assess artificial intelligence (AI) risks and benefits and improve AI so that it is more trusted and accountable to society. Attendees discovered the pitfalls and biases inherent in both human and machine decision making.

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