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Privacy regulators attend Pacific summit

22 Dec. 2014

The 42nd Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) Forum was hosted by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia in Vancouver on 1-4 Dec. The four-day meeting was attended by a broad range of APPA members, including a new member, Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission.

The first day involved only APPA member authorities and invited observers. Discussions during the jurisdictional reports focused on statutory frameworks and legal reform, mobile apps, health information and genetics, and national security and law enforcement. Subsequent sessions discussed the different cultures of privacy and the APPA framework. The forum also approved “Privacy Matters at any Age” as the theme for the 2015 year’s APPA Privacy Awareness Week.

Other sessions in the afternoon discussed a variety of topics such as the right to be forgotten, cross-border trade and privacy regulation, and accountability and privacy regulators. The meeting was the first for John Edwards, who recently took over from Marie Shroff as the commissioner for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner in New Zealand. The 43rd meeting will be hosted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data in Hong Kong in June 2015.

APPA members now include:

  • Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada
  • Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  • Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, Australia
  • Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong
  • Personal Information Protection Commission, Korea
  • Korea Internet and Security Agency
  • The Office for Personal Data Protection, Macao
  • Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection, Mexico
  • Office of the Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand
  • Personal Data Protection Commission, Singapore
  • Federal Trade Commission, United States