Elizabeth Coombs

Harmonising Australia’s privacy regime

Privacy by Design is picking up steam, with advocates emboldened by the new reality of a growing data-driven economy. Victoria Draudins maps how the public sector privacy bodies are responding to the challenge. Read More

Service co-ordination possible under privacy laws: commissioner

Researchers found NSW agencies have an "over-determined" view of privacy, limiting service coordination. But privacy commissioner Dr Elizabeth Coombs says misunderstanding about the privacy regime, not the laws themselves, is the cause of missed opportunities for service improvement. Read More

Privacy report card warns of public’s big data concerns

More funding is needed for the NSW Privacy Commissioner to help public servants improve privacy practices and tackle the growing public concern about data use by government. Some agencies still don't understand how privacy relates to good customer service and accountability. Read More