On February 11, 2015, the International Association of Privacy Professionals Australian New Zealand (“iappANZ”) will host a discussion on the risk-based approach to privacy in Sydney, Australia. Richard Thomas, Global Strategy Advisor for the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams (the “Centre”), will present the Centre’s contributions to this topic including the outcomes from the workshops held in Paris and Brussels. Other guest speakers include Timothy Pilgrim, Australian Privacy Commissioner; Dr. Elizabeth Coombs, New South Wales Privacy Commissioner; and Olga Ganopolsky, General Counsel of Privacy and Data at Macquarie Group Limited. Together, they will discuss the benefits and challenges of a risk-based approach and the implications for businesses and regulators.

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Former UK Information Commissioner and Centre for Information Policy Leadership Global Strategy Advisor Richard Thomas was invited to make a presentation at a roundtable on Privacy Risk Management and Next Steps at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 37th meeting of the Working Party on Security and Privacy in the Digital Economy.
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On November 18, 2014, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams held the second workshop in its ongoing work on the risk-based approach to privacy and a Privacy Risk Framework. Approximately 70 Centre members, privacy regulators and other privacy experts met in Brussels to discuss the benefits and challenges of the risk-based approach, operationalizing risk assessments within organizations, and employing risk analysis in enforcement.
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Hunton & Williams LLP and its Centre for Information Policy Leadership submitted a strategy paper on the “one-stop-shop” mechanism to the Article 29 Working Party that proposes a methodology for selecting and defining the role of a lead regulatory authority with the objective of making the one-stop-shop more operational, flexible and viable.
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