Timothy Pilgrim has been appointed to a five-year term as Australia's new privacy commissioner. Sen. Joe Ludwig announced the appointment in a press release issued Thursday. Pilgrim, who has been deputy privacy commissioner since 1998, replaces former commissioner Karen Curtis, whose six-year term expired this month. Ludwig praised Curtis for her significant contributions to privacy in Australia and said that Pilgrim's "experience and operational knowledge of the office will be of great assistance when the office transitions to form part of the new Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, which will open its doors on November 1, 2010." Ludwig also announced the appointments of Barbara Robertson, Michael Kidd and Joan Sheedy as part-time members of the Privacy Advisory Committee.
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