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Associate Professor Mark Burdon
Associate Professor
Faculty of Law,
Law School
Discipline *
Law, Policy and Administration, Other Information and Computing Sciences
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Science (University of London)


Information Privacy, Privacy Law, Data Protection, Cybersecurity, Information Security regulation, RegTech

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


My primary research interests are privacy, information privacy law and the regulation of information security. I focus on the complex privacy issues that arise from the sensorisation of everyday devices and infrastructures. These issues are explored significantly in my book, Digital Data Collection and Information Privacy Law, published by Cambridge University Press.

Recent research examines the privacy issues that arise from smart homes particularly involving domestic violence reporting and commercial uses of smart home sensor data.

Previous research includes a diverse range of multi-disciplinary projects involving:

  • The regulation of information security practices;
  • Legislative frameworks for the mandatory reporting of data breaches;
  • Data sharing in e-government information frameworks;
  • Privacy and consumer protection in e-commerce and
  • Information protection standards for e-courts.

The relationship between privacy and power is a consistent theme in my work that I will be exploring further in the future. Sensor data generation is instrumental to the formulation of new power relationships in networked societies. Information privacy law will consequently need to adapt. How it adapts is therefore a crucial question to resolve as we move into an increasingly collected world, where data about everything is collected and analysed.

Research Highlights:

Current Research Projects:

  • Development of legal validation strategies for converting legislation into machine readable code.
  • Examination of privacy policies relating to the popular smart home products in Australia.
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Mark Burdon.


I currently teach the information privacy elements of LLB250 ‘Law, Privacy and Data Ethics.’

LLB250 Overview

We live in an era where major advances in data-driven technologies are fundamentally changing many aspects of society. These technologies are not only becoming crucial to many businesses, which seek new avenues for creating competitive advantages and value, but also increasingly enmeshed in aspects of our everyday lives. This unit, therefore, explores the legal, ethical and social challenges raised by data-driven technologies in two main parts. The first centres on the information privacy law issues that arise from large-scale collection and aggregation of person information the second relates to the application of data analytics. Exploration of the challenges raised by different technologies across both parts of this unit are guided by broader considerations of fairness, accountability and transparency (FAT).

Teaching Style

I use an inquiry-based learning approach that embeds consideration of critical questions in real-life practice. The mechanics of information privacy law can be ‘dry’ and it is in real-life and relevant application where the importance of fully appreciating the law’s true importance becomes apparent. My teaching of information privacy law thus embeds students within their own use of everyday devices and platforms to critically examine new data collection business models and the application of law.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Mark Burdon.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


  • I welcome contact from potential higher degree research (HDR) research candidates who broadly have an interest in privacy and information privacy law (or data protection). I would also be happy to consider projects on the legal implications of sensorisation, informational capitalism and power relationships in platform economies.


  • I currently supervise an exciting range of PhD projects examining cutting-edge technological developments:

    • Data-driven political campaigning and privacy law implications;
    • Privacy and security consequences emerging from human-centred design in connected and automated vehicles;
    • Legal considerations regarding the use of sensorised devices for employee monitoring in workplace/health-care contexts;
    • Data sharing structures in sensorised agriculture that promote sustainability; and
    • Concepts of trustworthiness in the automation of building superintendency.

Current supervisions

  • The Datafied Polity: Protecting Voter Privacy in the Context of Data-Driven Political Campaigning
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Nicolas Suzor
  • Legal responses to the data driven challenges presented by connected and automated vehicles (CAVs)
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Belinda Bennett
  • The legal implications of Australian workers wearing mobile and wearable technologies at work.
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Richard Johnstone, Professor Kieran Tranter
  • Data Portability Rights in Australian Digital Agriculture: Improving Data Governance for Sustainable Agriculture
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Nicolas Suzor, Dr Joanne Gray
  • Machine Superintendence: Automating Contract Administrative Functionsand the Role of the Trusted Intermediary in Australian Standard Form Construction Contracts
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Sharon Christensen, Professor Nicolas Suzor

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)