Privacy Advisor

KnowledgeNet - IAPP's Asia Pacific KN Tour Is Resounding Success

July 1, 2006

IAPP Staff

Expanding its international reach into the Asia Pacific, an IAPP delegation recently returned from a trip that kicked off two new KnowledgeNets in Sydney and Singapore. The delegation also visited the existing Tokyo KnowledgeNet, one of the IAPP's most successful KnowledgeNet chapters.

A trio of privacy professionals, Microsoft's Chief Privacy Strategist, Peter Cullen, CIPP; Sagi Leizerov, CIPP, Ph.D., Ernst & Young's Senior Manager, Privacy Assurance and Advisory Services; and the IAPP's Executive Director, J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP, were joined by local speakers at Tokyo's existing program and the new KnowledgeNet meetings in Singapore and Sydney. The tour drew 38 attendees to Sydney; 174 to Singapore; and 58 in Tokyo.

Cullen gave a presentation in Sydney titled, "Privacy and Data Governance - A Privacy Perspective." Leizerov addressed privacy pros on "Privacy and Data Governance Issues - Top 10 Global Challenges." Hughes' topic was, "The Emergence of the Global Privacy Profession."

In Singapore, the IAPP held an "IAPP Forum on Privacy and Data Governance" at The Fullerton Singapore, with support from Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore; National Trust Council; Information Technology Standards Committee of Singapore; Direct Marketing Association of Singapore; Lexis-Nexis; Baker & McKenzie, Wong & Leow; Microsoft Corp.; and Ernst & Young.

Hughes gave opening remarks, followed by a keynote from Ho Chi on "Data Protection in Asia: Meeting the Privacy Expectations of Consumers in the Digital Age." Cullen and Leizerov then repeated their presentations.

Kenneth Chia, Principal, IT and Communications Group, Baker & McKenzie, Wong & Leow, was the moderator of the panel comprised of Dr. Ivan Png, Professor of Business Policy, School of Business, National University of Singapore; Lisa Watson, Chairman, Direct Marketing Association of Singapore; John Ho Chi, Vice Chairman, National Trust Council; Cullen; Leizerov; and Hughes.

The tour wrapped up May 12 in Tokyo at Ernst & Young, with Cullen, Leizerov and Hughes repeating their presentations. Marcelo Hiratsuka, Chief Personal Information Officer, Technology Infrastructure, Citigroup Services (Japan) Ltd., added to the presentations with a discussion of the "Roles and Responsibilities of CPOs of Foreign Corporations Doing Business in Japan."

The tour underscored the IAPP's ability to serve as an effective vehicle to foster international dialogue on a global basis. Energized participants in the Asia Pacific Tour suggested dozens of ideas for future IAPP efforts, suggesting that the KnowledgeNets in all three cities will continue to thrive with the addition of many more IAPP initiatives in the future.