Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 19 Nov. 2021

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Kia ora koutou,

Following Stephen Bolinger’s intro last week, it’s exciting to see such a strong level of engagement from our Australia and NZ members in the IAPP ANZ Summit Online content. While it cannot replace an in-person event, it provided us with a good injection of privacy, self-indulgence and some virtual collegiality. One benefit of this virtual summit has been its reach, with participation in both live and prerecorded events vastly outstripping traditional in-person events, both in terms of numbers and geographical representation. In addition to the joy of bringing so many privacy professionals together, this has given our speakers — and their ideas — far greater exposure.

Last week I had the immense pleasure of conducting what one colleague described as an “exit interview� for NZ Privacy Commissioner John Edwards. This was an important opportunity to both honor the significant impact of Commissioner Edwards’ tenure and let him reflect on his time in office, which he did with

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