Public lecture by UN Privacy Rapporteur, Joe Cannatac

Date & time
6–7pm Tuesday 17 May 2016
Finkel Lecture Theatre, John School of Medical Research, Garran Road, ANU 
Professor Joe Cannataci, UN Privacy Rapporteur


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The human right to privacy raises global policy, legal and political challenges in the information age. Issues such as data retention, data breaches and the interaction between public security versus private autonomy, are all creating a diversity of public debates in Australia and around the world.

In 2015 the UN Human Rights Council responded to these challenges with the appointment of the first Rapporteur for Privacy; Professor Joseph (Joe) Cannataci. His appointment is a significant global milestone in the protection of privacy as a fundamental human right and his work has already attracted significant new interest, debate and awareness of privacy issues.

As part of Privacy Awareness Week 2016, Canberra will have the chance to hear the only free general public address by Professor Cannataci during his first visit to Australia. This is your chance to hear first-hand the views of a world leading authority in privacy and data protection rights, in what is sure to be a thought provoking presentation.

Professor Joe Cannataci was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy in July 2015. He is the Head of the Department of Information Policy & Governance at the Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences of the University of Malta. He also holds the Chair of European Information Policy & Technology Law within the Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen where he co-founded the STeP Research Group.

Professor Cannataci's visit to Australia is at the invitation of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. Privacy Awareness Week is an annual initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) forum. It is held every year to promote and raise awareness for privacy issues and the importance of protecting personal information. For further information about Privacy Awareness Week visit

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