Regulating Open Data

University of Technology Sydney

University of Technology Sydney


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Who should attend

  • Lawyers in general practice
  • Contract and commercial law specialists
  • In-house counsel and general counsel teams
  • Legal officers
  • Non-executive directors
  • Contract managers, tender and IT procurement managers
  • Financial dispute resolution practitioners
  • Financial law regulation and litigation lawyers
  • Banking and finance lawyers
  • Regulatory and government lawyers.

About the course

Led by Professor David Lindsay, this short course will explore some of the key issues that must be addressed in the development and regulation of digital commerce, open data and applying artificial intelligence (AI) to data. Consumer data rights (CDR), cybersecurity, privacy and the ownership and control of digital information are issues that drive commerce in financial services, banking, and will soon in other sectors, such as energy.

About this course

Regulation of data raises complex legal, technical and commercial issues, involving emerging technologies such as blockchain, smart contracts and AI. The success of new regulatory models, such as the open banking regime, depends not only on law, but will require the trust and engagement of stakeholders, including the wider community. This course will provide expert insights from a variety of perspectives on the most pressing issues facing regulators, industry and citizens.

Course structure

9.00am: Welcome and introduction

Chair: Professor David Lindsay, UTS Law

9.05am: Data and digital assets, from consumer data rights to blockchain

Speaker: Dr Mark Staples, Senior Principal Researcher, CSIRO Data61

  • Data as an asset
  • Consumer data rights – Open Banking and horizons
  • Digital assets and blockchain.

9.40am: Data, sharing and use – what do we need to know about our data (can we actually know it, and where does it lead us?)

Speaker: Dr Ian Oppermann, Chief Data Scientist NSW, Industry Professor, UTS FEIT

  • Data sharing risks
  • Validity of “insights” in data – correlation is not cause
  • Privacy legislation
  • Data quality, completeness
  • Expertise and interpretation of data driven insights
  • Data sharing frameworks
  • Understanding the limitations of human complexity reflected in data.

10.15am: Consumer data rights – role of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Speaker: Paul Franklin, Executive General Manager, Consumer Data Right Division, ACCC

  • Legislative framework
  • CDR rules
  • Role of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)
  • Thirteen privacy safeguards
  • Accrediting potential data recipients
  • Establishing and maintaining a register of accredited persons
  • Monitoring compliance and taking enforcement action where necessary
  • Recommending future sectors to which the CDR should apply
  • Future directions - energy.

10.50am: Questions from audience

11.00am: Virtual morning tea break (10 mins)

11.10am: Cybersecurity rules and regulations: raising the bar

Speaker: Professor Patrick Fair, Principal, Patrick Fair Associates

Managing a data breach: practical issues in mandatory data breach analysis and notification

Regulatory obligations for directors and managers:

  • Existing frameworks and requirements
  • Recommendations: Government Advisory Group Report
  • New rules and the sovereign data cloud
  • Elements of the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy

The national security framework: what can our agencies do and what can we know about it?

11.45am: Reg Tech - what it is and why it matters?

Speakers: Deborah Young, CEO, The RegTech Association and Debra Kruse, Head of Legal and Commercial, Verifier

  • An overview
  • What is it anyway?
  • Who cares?
  • How is it applied?
  • A use case: consumer data right/responsible lending
  • What are the challenges?
  • What are the opportunities?


Facilitator: Peter Leonard, Principal, Data Synergies

  • Hypothetical case study – vulnerable citizens in an open data environment
  • How not to be the next Robodebt - addressing algorithmic accountability in business practice.
  • Panel Discussion - other speakers will be joined by

Mark Tyndall, VP, Markets & Growth APAC, Neota Logic Alison Drayton, Principal, Drayton Sher Lawyers 1.00pm: Questions from audience

1.15pm: Close

Learning outcomes

This short course will equip participants to:

  • Understand the issues around open data and digital commerce
  • Advise clients regarding cybersecurity and data regulation.

Online delivery requirements

This course will be facilitated online using Zoom video conferencing with course materials provided via Canvas LMS. You will need:

  • Access to a computer or device with a reliable internet connection
  • Operating system with a web browser compatible with the Canvas LMS
  • Speakers or headphones for audio
  • Microphone and video camera functionality (optional but recommended)
  • Please be on time, your Zoom session will commence at 9am AEDT.


David Lindsay

Professor David Lindsay joined UTS:Law in 2018 after previously working at Monash University. David is an expert in law and technology, and is widely published in the areas of copyright, privacy, cyberlaw and communications law. He is the author of International Domain Name Law (Hart, 2007) and ...

Mark Staples

Mark has been with Data61 since its merger with NICTA in late 2015. He is a Senior Principal Researcher in the Software and Computational Systems program, and leads a Challenge pilot across Data61 on visible and connected supply chains. He coordinates most of the blockchain research at Data61, an...

Ian Oppermann

Dr Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist working within the Department of Customer Service, and Industry Professor at UTS. Ian has 27 years’ experience in the ICT sector and has led organisations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted h...

Patrick Fair

Patrick is an experienced commercial lawyer with extensive experience and recognised expertise in in intellectual property, competition law, telecommunications and privacy law. He advises clients in the telecommunications industry including mobile operators, digital service providers and satellit...

Deborah Young

Deborah Young is the founding CEO of The RegTech Association, a non-profit industry member body focussed on accelerating adoption of RegTech solutions and creating a global centre of RegTech excellence. She has led the growth from 8 organisations to more than 150 organisations in less than 3 year...

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