Date: 10 November 2016
PCPD Signs Joint Declaration on Privacy Research, Education and Policy Co-operation in Asian Region
(10 November 2016) The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong (“PCPD”), the Korea Internet & Security Agency and Barun ICT Research Center together with privacy experts and academia from the Mainland China, South Korea and Japan, signed the Asia Privacy Bridge Forum Joint Declaration 2016
on 2 November 2016 to strengthen privacy research and education as well as policy co-operation in Asian region.
Mr Stephen Kai-yi WONG, the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong (“Privacy Commissioner”), said, “It is our great honour to be invited to be a party of the joint declaration. It also reflects the recognition of our commitment to balancing the free flow of information and personal data privacy protection from our international counterparts. I shall be very glad to share our experience in law enforcement as well as promotion and education on data protection in Hong Kong, and explore common interests in joint research topics and policy co-operation initiatives.”
The signing ceremony took place at Barun ICT Research Conference 2016 & Asia Privacy Bridge Forum in Seoul, South Korea. Ms Brenda Mei-ling KWOK, Chief Legal Counsel of the PCPD, signed the joint declaration on behalf of the Privacy Commissioner. The Asia Privacy Bridge Forum was set up to identify practical steps for bridging the gaps among Asian economies about their approaches to data privacy protection. The joint declaration covered the co-operation initiatives on the following areas:
- Deepening international research relations: promote collaboration and co-operation in research agenda, policy development and enforcement regarding personal data protection;
- Collaborating on privacy research programmes: participate in joint research programmes to find solutions for helping bridge the gaps among different personal data protection systems;
- Strengthening policy cooperation: organise the Asia Privacy Bridge Forum annually to deliberate regional and international laws, policies and other controversial issues on personal data protection, and promote co-operation and communication with other regional fora.
Meanwhile, Ms Kwok was also invited as a speaker and delivered a presentation on “Personal Data Protection in Hong Kong” at the Forum. Over 250 participants attended the Forum.
Since its establishment in 1996, the PCPD has become an integral part of the international network of data protection authorities, drawing respectful attention from the global privacy community. The PCPD, as the pioneer in Asia in advocating personal data privacy, actively participates in the work of various international groups of privacy enforcement authorities, such as the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA), the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), the APEC Cross-border Privacy Enforcement Arrangement (CPEA) and the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC). The 39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners to be hosted in Hong Kong again next year is also a vote of confidence in the competitiveness and attributes of Hong Kong as the Asia’s world city. The PCPD will continue to liaise with overseas data protection authorities and privacy experts to keep abreast of international developments and trends in privacy protection.
More information about the Barun ICT Research Conference 2016 & Asia Privacy Bridge Forum can be found at http://conference.barunict.kr/2016/kor/
View the PCPD’s media statement about the 39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners to be hosted in Hong Kong dated 20 October 2016: www.pcpd.org.hk/english/news_events/media_statements/press_20161020.html
Ms Brenda Mei-ling Kwok, Chief Legal Counsel of the PCPD (third right) and Mr Hyun-Joon KWON, Director of KISA (fourth left), Professor Beom-Soo KIM, Executive Director of Barun ICT Research Center, Yensei University (fourth right) together with other privacy experts and academia signed the Asia Privacy Bridge Forum Joint Declaration 2016.