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David Watts is one of Australia’s leading data protection experts with experience as a regulator, policy maker, public and private sector lawyer.
As Victoria’s privacy commissioner until 2017, David was responsible for an extensive change management program designed to reconceptualise the value of privacy and security for the state.
He is a leader in strategic advice and has developed guidance to support information sharing, implement privacy by design and adopt safeguards for big data and technologies such as cloud computing and biometrics.
Expanding on his Victorian role, David is Professor of Information Law and Policy at La Trobe University’s Law School and Adjunct Professor of Law at the Deakin University Law School.
He leads the task force on Big Data and Open Data for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy and is a member of the Privacy Advisory Group for UN Global Pulse.
David is now taking on international projects and challenging new assignments in other Australian jurisdictions.