Data Protection Regulation in the EU: Impact on Australia and non-European jurisdictions

Presented by ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences and ANU College of Law

The European Union's regulatory framework for protection of personal data is undergoing major reform. It is a framework which many regard as setting a benchmark for "best practice" globally, significantly shaping the regulatory policy of non-European countries, including Australia. As part of the process, the EU recently adopted a General Data Protection Regulation to be applied from May 2018, replacing the current 1995 Directive on data protection. While the Regulation does not constitute a fundamental break with the current framework, it is much more than just a cosmetic makeover of the latter and contains a considerable number of new or amended rights and duties. In this seminar, Professor Bygrave will provide a critical overview of the principal features of the Regulation and provide reflections on its likely impact in Australia and other non-European jurisdictions. 

Professor Lee A. Bygrave is Professor at the Department of Private Law, and Director of the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law, at the University of Oslo. For the past 30 years he has been engaged in researching and developing regulatory policy for information and communications technology (ICT). He was expert advisor on ICT regulation for many organisations, including the European Commission, Nordic Council of Ministers, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and the Norwegian Government. Professor Bygrave currently heads a major five-year research project on legal aspects of cybersecurity: 'Security in Internet Governance and Networks: Analysing the Law' (SIGNAL). 

He has published extensively on privacy/data protection law, including Data Protection Law: Approaching Its Rationale, Logic and Limits (Kluwer Law International, 2002) and Data Privacy Law: An International Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2014). Both are widely acknowledged as standard international texts. Professor Bygrave's most recent book, Internet Governance by Contract (Oxford University Press, 2015) examines the contractual frameworks for development and use of internet infrastructure. He is co-editing/co-authoring a Commentary on the EU General Data Protection Regulation, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

The ANUCES is an initiative involving six ANU Colleges (Arts and Social Sciences; Law; Business and Economics; Asia and the Pacific; Medicine, Biology & Environment, and Engineering & Computer Science) co-funded by the ANU and the European Union. 

The Centre for Commercial Law is a centre of excellence in private and government commercial law reform, advice and policy evaluation, and a leader in commercial law research and teaching. It also provides a national forum for academics, practitioners and regulators working in private and government commercial law.

This seminar is free and open to the public.