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Commissioner Dufresne joins Asia Pacific counterparts to discuss progress on key privacy challenges

December 1, 2023

Privacy Commissioner of Canada Philippe Dufresne joined counterparts from across the Asia Pacific region for the 60th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) forum to discuss their progress in tackling common privacy issues.

Commissioner Dufresne led a discussion on protecting children’s privacy, a key priority for his Office, and participated in a panel discussion on the intersections between privacy and other regulatory spheres.

At a side event hosted by the Centre for Information Policy Leadership following the forum, Commissioner Dufresne participated in a panel on Data Protection in the Age of Generative Artificial Intelligence, which touches on another of the key priorities of his Office.

“I welcome the opportunity to meet and build relationships with my Asia Pacific and international counterparts,” said Commissioner Dufresne.

“While we come from all around the world and a variety of legal regimes, we face many of the same issues, particularly the privacy implications of new technologies. It is important to continue working together to create a unified response to these challenges and build on each other’s knowledge and expertise.”

The Commissioner also reported on the status of law reform in Canada, where Bill C-27, which would update the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, is being studied by the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Industry and Technology.

APPA brings together regulators from across the Asia Pacific region, as well as guests from industry, think tanks, trade associations, and privacy regulators from outside the region to discuss matters of mutual interest. The forum was held in Sydney, Australia.

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