KLRCA Talk Series returned in the month of February with a timely topic on, ‘Mediating Data Protection Breaches and Disputes’. Given the recent increase of global cyber attacks infecting and fracturing safeguarded data networks of governments, institutions and multi billion dollar corporations; public interest remains high and this extended to a capacity crowd turning up for KLRCA’s latest evening talk.
Sticking with the evening’s digital era theme, KLRCA tapped in on its state of the art equipment and arranged for video presentations originating from Australia and Amsterdam, before dialling across Europe for a live Skype discussion session.
The objective of this talk was to provide attendees with a comprehensive overview on mediating data breaches and disputes from different jurisdictions; ASEAN (Malaysia & Singapore), Asia-Pacific and Europe. The evening’s moderator Dr Sivasangaran Nadarajah, an experienced engineer and patent expert began proceedings by providing the attendees with a brief background of the recent hacking incidents plaguing the international cyber world and the initiatives currently being lined up to address the issue. He then introduced the session’s first speaker; Noriswadi Ismail who has carved himself a glowing reputation of being one of Asia’s brightest minds in the field of data protection and privacy consultancy.
Noriswadi who also carries the exclusive tag of being the first Malaysian and ASEAN to hold the prestigious United Kingdom (UK) Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection, started his presentation by introducing the attendees to several common and newly coined terms used in the industry. He then went on to share numerous data breach scenarios and how different data users (data controllers) and data processors resolve the conundrum faced by way of mediation, instead of litigation.
Following closely was the day’s second speaker, Dr Sonny Zulhuda; an expert in the field of Internet governance and personal data protection law. Dr Sonny echoed on the points raised by Noriswadi earlier and provided additional case studies to fortify the attendees’ grasp of the topic. He followed through by contextualising these scenarios, before offering practical guidance on how to mediate and resolve them.
Upon concluding, Dr Siva took over the floor momentarily to introduce the two video presentations lined up. The first video was a delayed recording of Malcolm Crompton. The presenter who heads a large privacy regulatory, management and consulting company in Australia; shared with the audience the ‘Asia Pacific Experience’ of mediating data protection breaches and disputes. Up next was a video presentation by Dr Paolo Balboni – an eminent European ICT, privacy and data protection lawyer. He touched on the aspects of data protection from the European perspective.
A panel discussion soon followed with Dr Paolo joining via a live Skype feed from Amsterdam. The crowd primarily made up of data protection observers from banks, large manufacturing corporations and telecommunication companies; took full advantage of the panel of experts available and ensured the remaining time located for the question and answer session turned out to be an absorbing and fruitful two way channel.