The Honorable Michael Kirby delivered a keynote address at an event to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) privacy guidelines in Paris last month. Justice Kirby, a former Australian High Court judge, was in charge of the expert group that developed the guidelines, which were the first of their kind when released in 1980. In his speech to those responsible for continuing the development of the OECD privacy guidelines, he looked back at some of the events that informed their development, including a particularly poignant moment at a Paris conference. Looking forward, Justice Kirby said the OECD should take encouragement from the fact that its tasks, "although substantial and difficult, are basically manageable" when held up against some of the world's other challenges.
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