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Date: 28 October 2022

Strengthening International Connections - Privacy Commissioner attends the 44th Global Privacy Assembly 2022 

The The Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Ms Ada CHUNG Lai-ling, and senior officers of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) attended the 44th Global Privacy Assembly (GPA) through video conference from 25 to 28 October 2022. The conference, which was held in a hybrid mode in Istanbul, Turkey, featured the theme of ‘A Matter of Balance: Privacy in The Era of Rapid Technological Advancement’. The topics of discussions included privacy issues relating to artificial intelligence, facial recognition technologies, regulatory effectiveness, cross-border data transfers, and protection of children privacy.

The GPA’s International Enforcement Cooperation Working Group, co-chaired by the PCPD, presented its annual report to the GPA. Some highlights of its work in 2022 included conducting closed enforcement sessions to facilitate information sharing and collaboration among data protection authorities, as well as launching the transnational case map, which provides an overview of the cases where GPA members engaged in cross-border enforcement actions or cooperation in 2020 and 2021. The building of the map was led by the PCPD and the data protection authority of Colombia.

In addition, the PCPD co-sponsored the ‘Resolution on International Cooperation Capacity Building for Improving Cybersecurity Regulation and Understanding Cyber Incident Harms’, which was adopted by GPA members by consensus at the conference. Through this resolution, the GPA resolved to develop an understanding of the remits and responsibilities of data protection authorities in relation to cybersecurity, as well as explore opportunities for international cooperation in tackling cybersecurity risks.

The GPA is the leading international forum for over 130 data protection authorities from around the globe to discuss and exchange views on privacy issues and the latest international developments.