On his third day as New Zealandâ€™s Privacy Commissioner in 2014, John Edwards was asked during a committee hearing about his approach to the role.
â€œI said I want to make privacy easy,â€� Edwards said. â€œI 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.â€�
Currently serving his second term, Edwards will step down as New Zealandâ€™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 Zealandâ€™s Privacy Act, the growth of privacy awareness in
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