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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 19 April 2019 Related reading: IAPP releases interactive 'GDPR Genius' tool

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Greetings, fellow privacy professionals.

Hong Kong was privileged to have an all-star-filled ISACA Asia Pacific conference in early April, where the IAPP was present and able to spread the word on the ongoing importance of privacy. The convergence of cybersecurity and privacy was discussed, and fellow panelists and I discussed the impact and the areas of growing concern.

One such area relates to the massive growth of internet-of-things devices, the cybersecurity, privacy issues and risks to all. With the significant drop in production costs of sensors and cameras, we have seen IoT devices with embedded sensors/cameras become ubiquitous with everyday life — from wearables, household gadgets to children’s toys. Just this week, an Australian company that sells smartwatches, which allows parents to remotely monitor their children, had to shut down its service after hackers were able to breach through vulnerabilities to track and change the child’s location while gaining full access to personal identifiable information of the parent. And just this week, one of Hong Kong’s top celebrity couples is now embroiled in a scandal in regards to a driver who made a racy recording of the pop icon with another woman (not his wife…) in the back passenger seat. The hot debate now includes the rights of the passengers (victims) and whether the driver who recorded the video was in breach of Hong Kong laws. 

In other news, the IAPP will hold our very own Data Ethics KnowledgeNet Meeting & Privacy After Hours, Thursday, 23 May, with a focus on ethical accountability and artificial intelligence. Data ethics has become a hot topic recently, and for a good introduction into data ethics, I encourage you to view an IAPP web conference recording here.  The Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong office, will also be hosting one of its own events on “Data Ethics in Action” in May, with a brief synopsis here: “We revised the Best Practice Guide on Privacy Management Programme ... last year to assist organisations in constructing a comprehensive PMP. We recently released a study report on the implementation of PMP by data users in Hong Kong. Against this background, we have assembled corporations and industry leaders from different professions and industries to speak at the Symposium on their insights and experience on how their organisations develop their PMP and adopt data ethics to enhance accountability and trust with their customers.” If you are in Hong Kong and interested in attending, then please click here to register.

Finally, great to see the IAPP Asia Pacific Forum website live now with all the details and schedule for the event in July in Singapore. Looks like there will be some really great sessions and speakers from all over the globe, and I look forward to seeing you there. I will be moderating a panel called, “GDPR (1 Year Later): Lessons From Data Breach Victims and Security Professionals,” so please come by!

Keep safe, keep secure.
Jason

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