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Speak at Asia Privacy Forum 2018 and be part of a fast-growing event on the cutting edge of privacy in the world’s most dynamic economies. As global and regional changes influence privacy management in Asian countries, privacy and data security professionals need different perspectives to guide their efforts.

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Challenge Brings

The sold-out 2017 Asia Privacy Forum focused on finding growth potential amid the seismic changes on the global data protection landscape.

An expanded program of workshops and conference sessions dove into adapting to the GDPR, thriving in the expanding APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) cross-border data exchange system, and many other strategic and operational issues.

Outside the workshops and sessions, a steady programme of networking opportunities gave delegates a chance to compare ideas and expand their circles of contacts. The marquee event was the Networking Reception held in the Marina Bay Sands’ Adrift Bar and Lounge.

Forum Highlights

  • A standing-room-only crowd packed a session examining China's new cybersecurity law. With all the uncertainty surrounding its scope, impact, and enforcement, people were eager for a view from the front lines. 
  • Tharishni Arumugam of Aon, Joy Fuyuno of Microsoft and Jeremy Tan of Holborn Law took on adapting cloud computing, data analytics tools and other developing technologies to the evolving privacy and cybersecurity landscape and the growth of cybersecurity laws in the APAC region. 
  • Japanese, Philippine and U.S. regulators teamed with representatives from Apple and TrustArc to describe the latest developments in Asia’s APEC personal data transfer framework and the potential it creates for savvy organisations.
  • Almost half of all Forum delegates attended the pre-conference GDPR workshop and brought buckets of questions for presenters Paul Lanois of Credit Suisse, and Wanne Pemmelaar and Filip Van Elsen of Allen & Overy.
  • Data breaches are inevitable so preparation is essential, a panel of data security experts cautioned delegates. As breaches grow in size and scope, the panel advised that readiness and fast responses will play a key role in blunting damage to reputations and financial losses.
  • An illuminating look at what Singapore has planned for its privacy trustmark scheme. Will it dovetail with certification efforts under the GDPR? Is the uptake of Japan's similar mark, which is sported by 20,000 companies, a sign of its potential popularity?

Keynote Speakers

Stephen Deadman

Global Deputy CPO, Facebook

Overseeing a vast team of global privacy professionals, Deadman looks at leading-edge processes in everything from service design to UX coding to help Facebook capitalise on data-related innovation.

Yeong Zee Kin

Assistant Chief Executive and Commission Member, Personal Data Protection Commission of Singapore

With his deep background in technology law, Yeong Zee Kin is well suited to help lead Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission. While serving as the chief information officer to the Supreme Court of Singapore, he was able to apply experience in cybersecurity, intellectual property and privacy, which he then brought to the Ministry of Communications and Information and the Attorney General’s chambers. Yeong can speak not only to the PDPC’s enforcement priorities, but also to the immense challenges privacy professionals face in the Digital Age.

Larry Liu

International Compliance Lead, Alibaba

How do you take your privacy programme global? That's just what Larry Liu had to do for global brand Alibaba, but first he had to get upper management buy-in, chart a course, and hire the right people. Hear how he did it.

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