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28th APPA Forum — Communiqué

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.

Group photo of the APPA forum participants

Back row — from left: Mike Flahive, Assistant Commissioner, Investigations, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand; Anthony Bendall, Deputy Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Victoria; Andrew Solomon, Acting Director, Corporate & Public Affairs, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Australia

Middle row — from left: Katrine Evans, Assistant Commissioner, Legal, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand; Blair Stewart, Assistant Commissioner, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand; Carman Baggaley, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Canada; Mark Hummerston, Assistant Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Australia; Philippa O'Dowd, Acting Commissioner, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, New South Wales; Alethea Sim, Senior Researcher, Korean Information Security Agency

Front row — from left: Helen Versey, Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Victoria; Roderick Woo, Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Data Protection, Hong Kong; Marie Shroff, Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand; Karen Curtis, Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Australia; Zoe Marcham, Acting Information Commissioner, Office of the Information Commissioner, Northern Territory

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:

Membership

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.

Programme

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:

International developments

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.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the forum will be held in Seoul, Korea on 19–20 June 2008.