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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 10 Sept. 2021 Related reading: Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 3 Sept. 2021


Dear privacy pros.

I hope that everyone has been keeping well and staying safe.

July is typically the time of the year when I would look forward to catching up with friends and colleagues during the Asia Pacific Privacy Forum, and networking with IAPP members from all over the world as we congregate in Singapore to gain new insights and expand our perspectives. Unfortunately, this is now the second year we have had to do without a physical event and the opportunity is sorely missed. 

That said, the IAPP has lined up a wonderful series for the online version of the APF this September, which ties in nicely with the Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission’s Personal Data Protection Week 14 to 17 Sept. While networking might be somewhat restricted, the virtual platform allows us to bring you a wider selection of events and more international speakers. So, there is absolutely no reason why we cannot continue to gain new insights and expand our perspectives.

Going by recent conversations with friends in the privacy world, I would hazard a guess that the past two weeks of your life have been consumed by compliance readiness work associated with the introduction of China’s new Personal Information Protection Law.

Much ink has already been spilled over PIPL, which enters into force 1 Nov., so I will point you to some excellent resources. Besides the thought-provoking pieces from my fellow country leaders Stephen and Daimhin in the last two APAC dashboard notes, The Privacy Advisor also has a great article comparing the PIPL with the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

Not surprisingly, there are a number of live sessions dedicated to PIPL as part of the IAPP’s APF Online 2021. In case you missed it, a recorded version of the recent LinkedIn Live discussion on PIPL between Barbara Li from Rui Bai Law Firm and IAPP Chief Knowledge Officer Omer Tene is now available. You can also register to access a recording of a session covering what the future Chinese framework for cross-border data transfers might look like (the recording will be available under the “My Purchases” section in your profile after registration).

The learning continues next week with a host of events during the PDPC’s Personal Data Protection Week, including a practical session organized by the IAPP on operationalizing the data governance life cycle that closes out the week’s events 17 Sept. Topics include:

  • Existing and emerging privacy-enhancing technologies.
  • Anonymization, deidentification and differential privacy: what they are and how to effectively employ them.
  • Managing consent and tracking in a cookie-less future.
  • Setting up a privacy program from the ground up.
  • Choosing a standards framework: APEC CBPR or ISO 2770.

Remember to register for this upcoming session here before reading the rest of the articles on the dashboard below!


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