OIC attends virtual meeting with Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities

June 10, 2020 - 12:11pm

The OIC and other Australian jurisdictions joined international counterparts for a virtual 53rd APPA Forum on 2-4 June 2020 to discuss global privacy trends, exchange policy and regulatory experiences, and seek opportunities for shared education and enforcement activities in the Asia-Pacific region.

The forum was attended by 116 officials from 17 members of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) group.

They also welcomed 39 APPA Observers for some sessions, allowing a greater exchange of views and experiences on data protection and governance challenges in light of the ensuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Members from Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Canada, Japan and Korea provided updates on their activities during COVID-19. APPA members also engaged with observers including UK Information Commissioner, the OECD and European Commission who contributed to critical discussion.

APPA’s 53 participants concluded that the protection of privacy rights remains critical, in particular during times of public emergencies such as the COVID 19 pandemic, when such rights face novel challenges.

OIC was proud to endorse the need for global cooperation in the current privacy climate and acknowledged the evolving role of authorities from privacy regulators to privacy enablers.

The importance of building trust and transparency with communities once again came to the forefront of discussions, particularly in the use of new and emerging technologies.

The 54th APPA Forum is scheduled to be held in Melbourne in December 2020.

For more information about the forum, please visit the APPA website.