In this episode, Brian Hengesbaugh, Global Chair of Privacy and Security, is joined by Anne Petterd, privacy and cybersecurity partner based in Sydney, as they discuss privacy in the metaverse, highlighting key concerns at the intersection of these two complex and cutting-edge issues. The two explore universal topics of trust, transparency and how they relate to personal data protection in the digital environment. Listen in to hear more about:

  • What is the metaverse? Who controls it? What are the types of immersive applications and business uses?
  • Big ticket privacy issues for businesses who are entering or wish to establish a metaverse presence
  • The range of laws and implications including online safety, bystander privacy and online surveillance

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Brian provides advice on global data privacy, data protection, cybersecurity, digital media, direct marketing information management, and other legal and regulatory issues. He is Chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Data Privacy and Security group.


Anne is a partner based in Sydney. Her practice focuses on IT and telecommunications supply arrangements; understanding regulatory issues for online, telecommunications and IT businesses (in particular for data management); and trade regulatory and commercial contracting advice.