Event Report: FPF APAC and ABLI Report Launch Event and Panel on sidelines of 58th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) Forum in Singapore

Edited by Josh Lee Kok Thong and Isabella Perera

On November 30, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Asian Business Law Institute (ABLI) held a joint event to launch their new report, “Balancing Organizational Accountability and Privacy Self-Management in Asia-Pacific,” which provides a detailed comparison of the legal bases for processing personal data in 14 jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region: Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Macau SAR, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. The report builds upon a series of 14 individual reports released throughout 2022 that provide an overview of the legal bases for processing personal data in each of these jurisdictions.

This launch event took place on the sidelines of the 58th APPA Forum, hosted by Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) between November 29 and 30. Many APPA members – which include privacy and data protection authorities from 18 jurisdictions in APAC and the broader Pacific region – as well as representatives from industry, civil society, and the legal community joined FPF and ABLI for this event.

The event began with introductory remarks by Dr. Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna (Vice President for Global Privacy, FPF), Josh Lee Kok Thong (Managing Director, FPF APAC), and Rama Tiwari (Chief Executive, Singapore Academy of Law), as well as a brief presentation by Dominic Paulger (Policy Manager, FPF APAC) that outlined the scope and main finding of the report.

Photo Credit: Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC)Silas See

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