NSW Govt forms Information and Privacy Committee

Tuesday, 15 December, 2020

NSW Govt forms Information and Privacy Committee

The NSW Government has appointed an Information and Privacy Advisory Committee to provide ongoing strategic advice and facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration across government, industry and academia.

The committee will be chaired by NSW Information Commissioner Elizabeth Tydd and will advise the Information and Privacy Commission, the Minister for Customer Service and the Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the committee will provide the government with information, advice, assistance and training, to deliver leading information and privacy management practices.

“The digital age presents many opportunities but it is important that our policies and laws reflect its challenges. This new committee will bring together specialists from a range of sectors — including data science, technology, business and law — to ensure we remain at the forefront of these issues,” Dominello said.

Tydd added that the committee is being formed at the right time to draw together expertise that can address the challenges faced by government in the digital age, where technology, service delivery and consumer expectations are changing rapidly.

“The committee has the expertise to provide assistance to public sector agencies in adopting and complying with information governance in a contemporary public sector context, including access to information rights, with information protection principles and implementing privacy management plans in ways that account for these challenges,” Tydd said.

The committee consists of the Information Commissioner (Chairperson) and Privacy Commissioner, Samantha Gavel, along with a range of data and legal experts, including Dr Ian Oppermann, NSW Government Chief Data Scientist and Professor Lyria-Bennett Moses, Director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation. As well as the committee’s core membership, experts with knowledge in a relevant area may be invited to contribute, as required.

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