Statement of Objectives

Meeting in Auckland, on 6 December 2010, the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum resolved as follows:

Recognizing that:

  • Privacy is a matter of growing international concern;
  • Information networks closely connect people and organizations in our various economies regardless of physical borders and differing laws;
  • Governments and business expect regulators to strive for efficient and effective solutions and that best practice requires privacy authorities to be aware of what similar regulators are doing;
  • Privacy issues can emerge in one jurisdiction before others and that privacy authorities can benefit from an advanced warning system;
  • Privacy authorities are increasingly being called upon to contribute to solutions to privacy breaches or policy challenges, that cross borders;
  • There is limited specialized privacy resource in any one jurisdiction and that privacy authorities benefit from reaching abroad for information, inspiration and assistance;
  • Participants in the forum will benefit from cooperation in information privacy knowledge sharing and technical resources;
  • Endorsement of the APEC Privacy Framework in 2004 has provided a regional restatement of the importance of privacy and maintaining information flows;
  • Adoption of the OECD Recommendation on Cross-border Co-operation in the Enforcement of Laws Protecting Privacy in 2007 and the commencement of the APEC Cooperation Arrangement for Cross-border Privacy Enforcement (CPEA) in 2010 have re-emphasized the need for regional cooperative arrangements.

Therefore we resolve to:

  • Continue the cooperative arrangements established in 1992 and encourage further participation from within the region
  • maintain constructive relations with complementary networks including the Global Privacy Assembly (GPA), the APEC CPEA and the Global Privacy Enforcement Network.

And further resolve through the Forum to:

  • Facilitate sharing knowledge and resources between privacy authorities in the region
  • Foster cooperation in privacy and data protection
  • Jointly promote privacy awareness activities
  • Promote best practice amongst privacy authorities
  • Work to continuously improve our regulatory performance
  • Support efforts to improve cross-border cooperation in privacy enforcement.

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand, Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong, China, Privacy Commissioner of New South Wales, Australia, Privacy Commissioner of Victoria, Australia, Information Commissioner of Northern Territory, Australia, Korea Internet & Security Agency, Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia, Canada, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Federal Trade Commission, United States of America, Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection, Mexico, Office for Personal Data Protection, Macao, China, Personal Information Protection Commission, Korea, Federal Communications Commission, United States.