The 28th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) Forum was held in Wellington, New Zealand on Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December 2007. This Communiqué outlines the initiatives discussed at this Forum.
The 28th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) Forum was held in Wellington, New Zealand on Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December 2007.
In attendance were representatives of the privacy authorities from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, New South Wales, New Zealand, Northern Territory and Victoria and, as an observer, the UK. Several New Zealand officials and a representative from the South Australian Privacy Committee participated for part of the meeting.
APPA’s principal objectives are to:
- facilitate the sharing of knowledge and resources between privacy authorities within the Asia Pacific
- foster cooperation in privacy and data protection
- promote best practice amongst privacy authorities
- work continuously to improve performance of privacy authorities to achieve the important objectives set out in privacy laws.
APPA was pleased to announce that since the last meeting, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada had accepted an invitation to join, broadening the forum’s membership from eight authorities to nine.
The forum received reports on developments in the various jurisdictions and held discussions on a range of privacy topics. It continued its practice of learning from other stakeholders’ experiences including private industry, civil society and law reform bodies. Presentations were received from:
- two technology companies developing consumer products utilising GPS and RFID
- an international standard setting body involved in RFID and product coding
- the New Zealand Law Commission
- a charitable foundation working to keep young children safe on-line
- an international NGO on developments in security breach notification.
APPA members reviewed some of the privacy initiatives taken at international level during the last 6 months and in particular discussed an APEC Pathfinder project on cross-border privacy rules and OECD work focusing on the future of the internet economy.
APPA members re-committed to progressing the implementation of the APEC Privacy Framework including working individually on some of the projects included in the Data Privacy Pathfinder work plan. The privacy regulators who make up the APPA membership see themselves as playing a significant role in furthering the work of the APEC Data Privacy Sub-Group
Privacy Awareness Week
The forum reviewed the success of the first Asia Pacific Privacy Awareness Week held earlier in the year. Discussion focused upon how to more effectively communicate privacy messages to the public. APPA members agreed to plan for a second Privacy Awareness Week to be held in the last week of August 2008.
The next meeting of the forum will be held in Seoul, Korea on 19–20 June 2008.