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54th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities forum discusses global privacy developments and impacts of COVID-19

OVIC hosted the 54th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) forum from 8 – 10 December 2020.

The forum was held virtually due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 and was attended by delegates and observers from across the region.

Over three days, attendees discussed global developments in information privacy. Presentations focused on reform and regulatory changes, cultural attitudes towards privacy and developments in facial recognition technologies and artificial intelligence.

In 2020, the spread of COVID-19 fundamentally transformed the way individuals live and work all around the world. The global pandemic also resulted in significant operational impacts on privacy authorities. Attendees reflected on the global response to COVID-19 including contact tracing efforts. Attendees also discussed the privacy and cyber security challenges with remote working and the impacts of remote learning tools on children’s privacy.

The forum concluded with a discussion on the future of privacy frameworks. OVIC thanks attendees for their attendance and participation in APPA 54 and looks forward to attending APPA 55 in 2021.

Read the APPA 54 Communiqué.

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