Notes from the Asia-Pacific Region, 12 Nov. 2021

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Hello privacy pros,

What an exciting week for privacy in Australia and New Zealand! We started off IAPP ANZ Summit Online 2021 with a bang and, as disappointing as it was to shift this year’s event online, the turnout and engagement from privacy professionals across the region has been phenomenal. The sessions have demonstrated not only the value of deep substantive discussions, but additionally the value of participating in debate and the collegial exchange of ideas across our community.

I had the privilege of leading a virtual fireside chat with Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk. Our discussion explored forthcoming regulatory reforms, Falk’s perspective on recent enforcement actions by her office and challenges related to extraterritorial jurisdiction, Australia’s Consumer Data Right regime and the OAIC’s plans for 2022.

Falk identified the top three proposed changes to Australia’s Privacy Act that would have the greatest impact on the protection of privacy in Australia: (1) an overarching standard that information handling practices should be fair

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