OIC attends second virtual meeting with Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities

December 16, 2020 - 9:46am

The OIC and other Australian jurisdictions joined international counterparts for the virtual 54th APPA Forum on 8-10 December 2020, focusing on the privacy implications of COVID-19, facial recognition and artificial intelligence, as well as the future of privacy frameworks.

The authorities resolved to continue to work collaboratively to address these and other issues as they arise in the Asia-Pacific region.

Queensland Privacy Commissioner, Phil Green, said the forum reaffirmed that the challenges of sound information management and privacy protection were more interconnected and aligned than ever.

“The forum highlighted important shifts in privacy regulation that are taking place, or should take place, to ensure that privacy protections endure in our ever-changing society.

“I contributed to a session about privacy and cybersecurity challenges with remote working.  I shared key privacy tips OIC developed for public servants, as many more worked remotely during the year due to COVID-19,” Mr Green said.

The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner hosted the event, which was the second virtual forum in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Nineteen APPA member authorities attended, as well as eight observers.

The three-day event encouraged attendees to discuss global privacy trends and developments, exchange policy and regulatory experiences (including in relation to COVID-19) and identify opportunities for cooperation on enforcement activities. Queensland’s Information Commissioner, Rachael Rangihaeata, also presented key insights from the Privacy and Public Data audit report about Managing De-identification Risks to APPA members.
For more information, check out the 54th APPA Communique.

The 55th APPA Forum is scheduled to take place in June 2021, hosted by Korea’s Personal Information Protection Commission.