UN Special Rapporteur

The 21st century is widely referred to as the information age. Governments and non-governmental players around the world have realised the value of data and are collecting and using it at unprecedented scale and for multiple purposes. The advent of this technological capacity is raising significant challenges to privacy as evidenced by recent revelations concerning Facebook and Cambridge Analytica and, in Australia, significant privacy breaches such as the re-identification of publicly released Medicare and Pharmaceutical Scheme data.
In October 2017, the UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Privacy, Professor Joe Cannataci, presented to the United Nations General Assembly an interim report on Big Data – Open Data, which considers the advent of modern data technologies, international standards, and regulation and their impact upon the human right to privacy.
The report will be finalised after a two-day international consultation in Sydney, for the public and private sectors, those with interests in the data economy, whether as public policy and decision makers, educators, commercial service providers, data brokers, academics, researchers, regulators and legislators.

Input from individuals, non-government organisations and civil society is vital. The final report is due to the UN General Assembly in October 2018.

The international consultation will:

• Provide an opportunity for feedback to shape the final recommendations

• Identify content gaps in the report and recommend areas for inclusion

• Strengthen the Big Data-Open Data interrelationships with areas such as cybersecurity, surveillance and algorithmically-driven innovations including artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotic clouds

• Consider how to address the challenges posed by modern data analytics including de-identification methodologies for facilitating data analytics using personal information


Where: UNSW Sydney CBD Campus,
Level 6, 1 O’Connell Street Sydney

When: 26 – 27 July 2018
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This event is free, including the conference dinner

for which, numbers are limited and we will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


For inquiries about dietary issues or venue accessibility, including Auslan interpretation,
please email humanrights@unsw.edu.au

The event is being supported by UNSW Sydney, Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub, University of Technology Sydney, and the Australian Human Rights Commission. Within UNSW Sydney, support has been provided by the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation, the Australian Human Rights Institute, Grand Challenges, the Faculties/Schools of the Built Environment, Computing Science and Engineering, Law, Mathematics, and Social Sciences.

For further information, contact Dr Elizabeth Coombs ecoom02@sec.research.um.edu.mt  

Additional information for participants:

Interim Report on Big Data – Open Data Summary of Responses to Call for Written Submissions

Call for submissions on Privacy and Gender