IAPP ANZ Summit Online: A chat with NZ Privacy Commissioner John Edwards

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On his third day as New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner in 2014, John Edwards was asked during a committee hearing about his approach to the role.

“I said I want to make privacy easy,� Edwards said. “I want to make privacy easy for agencies to implement, I want to make it easy for consumers to access privacy-friendly options, and I want to make it easy for people to have access to remedies when things are wrong. That became my mantra and I think it fits.�

Currently serving his second term, Edwards will step down as New Zealand’s privacy commissioner 31 Dec. to take on the role of U.K. Information Commissioner. In a wide-ranging conversation with IAPP New Zealand Country Leader Daimhin Warner, CIPP/E, as part of the IAPP ANZ Summit Online 2021, Edwards reflected on his tenure as it comes to an end, the work over the past seven years, including leading a reform of New Zealand’s Privacy Act, the growth of privacy awareness in

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