JOIC Attends Global Privacy Assembly Closed Session 2021

Jersey’s Information Commissioner Paul Vane was delighted to join with other privacy and data protection regulators around the world at the Global Privacy Assembly’s 43rd closed session virtual conference last month, hosted by the INAI in Mexico City.

Elizabeth Denham CBE, outgoing GPA Chair and UK Information Commissioner, praised the work of the privacy community through the pandemic, calling for the Assembly to continue to be impactful.

Ms Denham said: “We were already in a data-driven age, even before the pandemic supercharged that acceleration of digital growth. Now data-driven innovation is helping us through health crises, and influencing every facet of society.”

Resolutions were discussed and agreed at the conference, giving a shared view on a range of important current topics: Data sharing for the public good; Children’s digital rights; Government access to data; and the future of the Global Privacy Assembly.

Other topics discussed in detail included international enforcement cooperation and regulatory sandboxes.

The Assembly also adopted a strategic plan for the next two years, committing to a continued focus on advancing global privacy, maximising the GPA’s influence and building capacity for members.

“The GPA is at the epicentre of driving global changes in approach and regulation of privacy and data protection, particularly at a time of unprecedented technological advancement”, said Mr Vane. “Jersey’s participation in this global community is critical in ensuring we continue to provide the very highest standards of data protection to our local community, as well as standing shoulder to shoulder with fellow data protection authorities on an international stage.”