Privacy Awareness Week 2019

As part of Privacy Awareness Week 2019, ABLI held a series of workshops to discuss various issues relating to cross-border transfers of personal data.

Privacy Awareness Week is an initiative created by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA)1 and held annually to promote awareness of privacy and personal data protection issues.

21 May 2019. ABLI-PDPC Workshop on Cross-Border Transfers of Personal Data

From left to right: Mr JJ Disini (Disini & Disini Law Office, Mr Mark Fisher (ABLI), Dr Clarisse GIROT (ABLI) and MR YEONG Zee Kin (PDPC).

On 21 May 2019, the Personal Data Protection Commission (Singapore) and ABLI held a workshop with 50 representatives from the legal profession, industry, regulators and government. Participants from 15 jurisdictions discussed, among others, the following issues:

  • General frameworks for data transfer regulations in Asian laws
  • Comparable safeguards, ‘whitelists’ and adequacy
  • Accountability instruments for data transfers in Asia (APEC CBPRs, contracts, BCRs and certification etc...)
  • Data localisation in Asian legal systems
  • The ‘Right to Data Portability’ in Asia

21 May 2019. The search for anonymous data: balancing privacy and utility in the modern age

On the evening of 21 May 2019, AXA Singapore2 held—in partnership with AsiaDPO,3 LivewithAI4 and ABLI—a closed-door discussion on the theme The anonymous data search: Balancing value and privacy in the Big Data age directed to those in the legal, regulatory or technology industries—as well as AI players, start-ups and corporates, who wish to know more about privacy.

The event was opened by Mr YEONG Zee Kin, Deputy Commissioner, Personal Data Protection Commission (Singapore) and featured the following panelists:

22 May 2019. Closed-door workshop with regulators and governments from Asia

On 22 May 2019, ABLI held a closed-door workshop with representatives of regulators and government from Cambodia, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand to discuss issues regarding cross-border transfer of personal data in Asia.

Attendees (clockwise from bottom left)

  Name Position Organisation Country
1. Dr Clarisse GIROT Senior Fellow Asian Business Law Institute
2. Mr Vikash CHOURASIA Scientist 'C' Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology India
3. Wittawat ("Max") MONGKONNAWASATIAN Office of the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Digital Economy and Society Thailand
4. Jakkrapong ("Ikkyū") CHAVONG Office of the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Digital Economy and Society Thailand
5. Mr Michael HARRISON Team Manager Policy and Technology Office of the Privacy Commissioner New Zealand
6. Mr CHEANG Sopheak Deputy Director General Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Cambodia
7. Mr MIHARA Shoji Senior Counsel Personal Information Protection Commission Japan
8. Ms SUNG Yu Xin Assistant Manager, Policy and International Personal Data Protection Commission Singapore
9. Ms Evelyn GOH Director Policy, Tech & Trustmark Personal Data Protection Commission Singapore
10. Ms Melanie YIP Team Lead/Senior Manager Personal Data Protection Commission Singapore
11. Ms Josefina MENDOZA Attorney, Legal Division National Privacy Commission The Philippines
12. Ms Issa GAYAS Attorney, Policy Development Division National Privacy Commission The Philippines
13. Ms Thanyalat CHALEUNSOUK Assistant to the Director of LA ccTLD Division, Lao National Internet Center (LANIC) Ministry of Post and Telecommunications Lao PDR
14. Ms Cindy CHAN Legal Counsel Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Hong Kong SAR
15. Ms Leniza NIHAR Head of Unit Department of Personal Data Protection Malaysia
16. Mr Mark FISHER Deputy Executive Director Asian Business Law Institute

 

22 May 2019. The Future of a Connected Asia-Pacific: Why Personal Data-Transfer Interoperability is Key

On 22 May 2019, BSA | The Software Alliance5 held an event featuring a panel on The Future of a Connected Asia-Pacific: Why Personal Data-Transfer Interoperability is Key in collaboration with ABLI and hosted by Microsoft Singapore. The panel focused on the need for interoperable personal data transfer frameworks and mechanisms – particularly from the perspective of the software industry, where services are often offered over the cloud.

22 May 2019. Closed-door workshop with ABLI's Jurisdictional Reporters and industry representatives

In the afternoon of 22 May 2019, ABLI held a closed workshop with authors of ABLI's Regulation of Cross-Border Transfers of Personal Data in Asia (Clarisse Girot ed), in addition to industry representatives from Asia.

  Name Position Organisation Country
1. Mr Ken CHIA Partner Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow Singapore
2. Mr JJ DISINI Founder and Principal Disini & Disini Law Office Philippines
3. Mr Mark FISHER Deputy Executive Director Asian Business Law Institute
4. Dr Clarisse GIROT Senior Fellow Asian Business Law Institute
5. Ms Elonnai HICKOK Director Centre for Internet & Society India
6. Mr Peter LEONARD Owner and principal Data Synergies Australia
7. Mr Mark PARSONS Partner Hogan Lovells Hong Kong SAR
8. Ms Teresa PATRAQUIM DA CONCEIÇÃO Head Data Privacy International Novartis Brazil
9. Mr Bhredipta SOCARANA Senior Associate KK Advocates Indonesia
10. Mr Rahul SHARMA Founder The Perspective India
11. Ms Catherine SHEN Project Manager Asian Business Law Institute
12. Ms Angela XU Privacy Counsel APAC;
Vice President
Google;
Asia DPO
Singapore

 


References
1 The APPA is the principal forum for privacy and data protection authorities in the Asia Pacific region to form partnerships and exchange ideas about privacy regulation, new technologies and the management of privacy enquiries and complaints.
2 AXA Singapore is one of the world's leading insurance companies.
3 AsiaDPO is a Singapore registered society of a self-organising peer-to-peer community of Data Protection Officers (DPOs) that are committed to the development and advancement of data protection and privacy domains through a practice-led approach, serving as an expert group with a distinctive voice
4 Live With AI is an independent think tank initiated in Singapore that gathers thought leaders, researches, decision-makers, from Asia and Europe, to lead working groups and research projects on the positive impacts of artificial intelligence on our society.
5 BSA is an advocate for the global software industry. BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.

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