Data privacy laws in the Asia-Pacific region


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GRAHAM GREENLEAF is Professor of Law & Information Systems at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. In 2011 he also has Visiting Fellowships at Universities in Edinburgh, London; Seoul, Korea; and Hyderabad, India. His current areas of research focus are Asian data protection and privacy laws, public rights in copyright, and the lobalisation of free Internet access to legal information. He is co-founder/co-director since 1995 of the free-access Internet law service, the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII). He is a member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to advancing free access to legal information, and to the protection of privacy.

He has been involved in privacy issues for 35 years, initially as a researcher for the NSW Privacy Committee in 1975. He has been a Board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation since its inception in 1987. He was General Editor of the monthly Privacy Law and Policy Reporter 1994-2006, and since then has been Asia-Pacific Editor for Privacy Laws & Business International Report. He co-edited Global Privacy Protection (Edward Elgar, 2008). In 2010 he took the lead in establishing the Asian Privacy Scholars Network. He has carried out five consultancy assignments for the European Commission, evaluating data protection in countries outside Europe.