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Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA), formed in 1992, is the principal forum for privacy and data protection authorities in the Asia Pacific region to form partnerships and exchange ideas about privacy regulation, new technologies and the management of privacy enquiries and complaints.

APPA members convene twice a year, discussing permanent agenda items like jurisdictional reports from each delegation and an initiative-sharing roundtable. At each forum, members discuss and focus on different topical issues. In the past, these have included the challenge of balancing privacy and security, a World Anti-Doping Code, cross-jurisdictional law enforcement in the Asia Pacific, cryptography, social media, international data transfer and the de-identification of data.


Privacy and data protection authorities based in the Asia Pacific region are eligible for APPA membership if they meet one of the three below criteria.

They are:

If your authority would like to join APPA, please contact the APPA secretariat.

APPA Statement of Objectives

During the 39th APPA Forum in Auckland, APPA members established a Statement of Objectives. The full statement can be found on the Resources page.

APPA Technology Working Group

The Technology Working Group (TWG) is made up of a number of APPA members who have a particular interest in technology and privacy. The TWG collaborates on and explores common technology related issues experienced by members and reports on its findings during the bi-annual forums.

APPA Communications Working Group

The Communications Working Group (CWG) is made up of communications professionals from across APPA. The CWG consults on communication related matters, this includes developing the theme for PAW and collaborating on PAW activities.

APPA Comparative Privacy Statistics Working Group

The Comparative Privacy Statistics Working Group (CPSWG) focuses upon the effective use of statistics to achieve APPA’s aims of sharing knowledge and continuously improving regulatory performance. The CPSWG has developed common core questions for community attitude surveys and regional benchmarks for privacy awareness.