Partner

Alec Christie

Alec is the founding Partner of our Digital Law (including Data Privacy) team with over 29 years' experience. He has a national and cross-border Asia Pacific practice with an emphasis on data privacy/cybersecurity, multi-jurisdictional privacy compliance, information (including Big Data analytics), digital transformations (including RPA, AI, IoT, Cloud computing and sourcing) and Blockchain, smart contracts and cryptocurrency.

Alec has significant expertise in providing practical legal solutions across a range of sectors, including the financial services, Government, higher education, online/e-commerce, technology, health/life sciences and entertainment/media. Alec's success in providing practical solutions for clients stems from his in-depth industry knowledge and time spent getting to know the client and its market. He has a strong understanding of other drivers, concerns and processes and is determined to be a part of the client's team working on the solution to the particular project.

Expertise

  • Data privacy/cybersecurity including PIAs, privacy strategy and frameworks, multijurisdiction projects, emergency data breach assistance, privacy complaints and disputes, privacy & security assessments (eg SOC II & ISO), CDR, metadata retention and assistance & access under the telecommunications law regime
  • Financial Services information, IT systems and sourcing regulatory (eg APRA, ASIC and the new CDR)
  • Digital transformations and projects (including RPA, AI, IoT, cloud sourcing, Big Data analytics)
  • Blockchain, smart contracts and cryptocurrency
  • Digital identity, electronic transactions and signatures
  • E-commerce/online business and marketing
  • Information/rights in data and commercialisation of data
  • Information technology (including procurement, SLAs and risk/liability allocation and renegotiation)

Recent projects

  • Assisting Microsoft with the mapping of the privacy laws of 9 jurisdictions against the new ISO 27701 global privacy standard
  • Review of and advice on the regulatory requirements related to key ASX digital operations both in Australia and overseas including undertaken gap analysis and providing practical solutions for any compliance gaps and better practice
  • Assisting emerging and established companies in respect of Blockchain, smart contracts and token/cryptocurrency projects/solutions, including strategy and implementation and a new entrant on establishing a multi-jurisdiction asset backed cryptocurrency
  • Auditing the information handling practices, including sharing and secondary use of data, use of new technologies, privacy and security practices and compliance, of a key national regulator, a number of State Government agencies and numerous Commonwealth Government agencies (including for Census 2021) and providing practical solutions and recommendations to address any compliance gaps
  • Advising two of Australia’s market leading energy retailers as regards their information security and privacy practices, data breach protocols
  • Advising ANZ in respect of the information related aspects of its divestment of its wealth and insurance businesses, including as to sharing and transition of special categories of information, privacy & security requirements and compliance and document retention
  • Assisting numerous financial Services organisations (including insurers and member/customer owned banks) with their digital journey including as to information, IT systems and privacy compliance and approaches to and implementation of compliance uplift programs and frameworks

Recognition

  • Recommended Lawyer, Outsourcing Law and Privacy & Data Security Law, Best Lawyers in Australia
  • Professional Memberships/Accreditations & Activities
  • Australian expert for and to OneTrust DataGuidance’s online ‘Global platform for data protection and privacy compliance’
  • Expert/editor for, I Bloomberg BNA for Australia for its online global data privacy and security offering
  • Contributor to Thomson Reuters online privacy platform
  • Data Protection Leader and Digital Health
  • Senior Member to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal for matters in the privacy and access to Government information jurisdiction of the Tribunal

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