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Welcome to the last Asia-Pacific wrap for the year. The common theme in many of the reports across the region serves as a reminder that there is still much work to be done to meet the challenges of securing our personal data (including our faces): data losses and breaches, the impact of the Uber breach in Singapore, the ease of re-identifying government release data, the privacy dangers of live streaming that China is learning about, and the Indian government’s "compulsorily mandatorily voluntary" biometric-based identity card.

2017 seemed to be a tipping point for privacy, as our frameworks in the region are maturing, the reach of GDPR is being felt, and regulators felt their muscle. So let’s talk about the positives, too: building ethical decision-making into algorithms to make sure systems we develop respect privacy from the ground up (thanks CSIRO16), or the Indian Supreme Court’s finding that there is a constitutional right to privacy.

So what will 2018 bring?

It’s the 30th anniversary of the Australian Privacy Act and mandatory data breach notification will finally come home to roost in February.

New Zealand is maintaining  the pressure for privacy reforms. The impact of GDPR in the region will become a reality and the role of the DPO will come to light. Not to mention the rise and rise of e-commerce in China, the Internet of Things, biometrics — the list goes on.

Also keep an eye out for preparations for an iappANZ certification, which will be finalized next year and follows the Asia certification, which has been met with much fanfare. 

To all you privacy professionals out there, have  a wonderful and well-deserved break and look forward to a busy and interesting 2018.

Warm wishes.

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