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Happy Privacy Awareness Week.

As many of you will know, in Australia and in many of our Asia-Pacific neighbors, we this week celebrated Privacy Awareness Week. I say "celebrate" simply because this week was focused on all things privacy. The activities brought together diverse stakeholders, including consumer groups, businesses in a variety of industries, researchers, regulators and, of course, individuals, all debating and exploring privacy in the modern environment. Some get-togethers were celebrated as public events and seminars; others were activities specific to an organization. 

The week saw the release of the Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey 2017 by the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner. The survey is "the longest-standing and most in-depth study of how Australian attitudes to privacy have evolved, having been conducted in various forms since 1990," as noted by Timothy Pilgrim, Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner. It presents a treasure-trove of insights about privacy through the eyes of the individual consumer. We are again reminded that privacy, especially in the online environment, remains a concern and that steps can be taken to protect it.

With that in mind, privacy professionals take center stage, helping to inform and shape privacy expectations and outcomes and making privacy by design a reality in their respective organizations. 

Enjoy this issue.   

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