About The Commissioner
David Watts is a lawyer who has practised in both the private and public sectors specialising in information technology, information privacy, intellectual property, governance and regulatory systems.
Before being appointed Commissioner for Law Enforcement Data Security, he was Assistant Secretary, Legal Services Branch, of the Department of Health and Ageing in Canberra where he led the development of the regulatory framework to support national e-health initiatives and the national registration and accreditation scheme for the health professions. Before that, he headed the legal branch of the Victorian Department of Human Services where he was closely involved in the development of key social policy-based legislative initiatives including the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005. David has advised a number of State and Territory governments on online and information privacy issues and was the joint architect of the Northern Territory’s Information Act 2002.
David was appointed Commissioner for Law Enforcement Data Security on 4 November 2008.