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About Data + Privacy Asia Pacific

To connect and engage with Australian and international businesses and agencies, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is holding a major one-day conference entitled Data + Privacy Asia Pacific.

Data + Privacy Asia Pacific will bring together the region's privacy regulators and public and private sector professionals for one day of conversations and industry specific issues and topics. The event is expected to attract upwards of 300 delegates, the program will cover hot topics such as big data, digital health and cross-border sharing of information.

Why you should attend?

No other privacy conference in Australia during 2017 will create as many opportunities for you to hear from leading privacy and data experts, as well as directly from the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner on future of privacy in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Why now?

As the host of the 47th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) Forum, the OAIC will also welcome APPA members, international privacy regulators and invited observers to Sydney as part of a two-day Forum prior to Data + Privacy Asia Pacific.

For more information about APPA please visit www.appaforum.org.

Who should attend?

Privacy and data security professionals who are eager to expand their knowledge on privacy regulation, data and privacy developments, and join in the growing privacy conversation should attend Data + Privacy Asia Pacific. The conference is aimed at professionals from both the private and public sector.

Data + Privacy Asia Pacific is organised by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and The Veritas Group.


The Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) formed in 1992, and since then, APPA has expanded and evolved into the principal forum for privacy and data protection authorities in the Asia Pacific region.

APPA members convene twice a year to discussing permanent agenda items like jurisdictional reports from each delegation and an initiative-sharing roundtable. At each forum, members discuss and focus on different topical issues. In the past, these have included the challenge of balancing privacy and security, a World Anti-Doping Code, cross-jurisdictional law enforcement in the Asia Pacific, cryptography, social media, international data transfer and the de-identification of data.

Privacy and data protection authorities based in the Asia Pacific region are eligible for APPA membership if they meet one of the three below criteria.

They are:

  • an accredited member of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC); or
  • a participant in the APEC Cross-border Privacy Enforcement Arrangement (CPEA); or
  • a member of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN).

Members form partnerships and exchange ideas about privacy regulation, new technologies and the management of privacy enquiries and complaints.

More information on APPA can be found at the official website: www.appaforum.org