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International: GPA holds 45th meeting, ANPD joins as member

The Global Privacy Assembly (GPA) met in Bermuda for its 45th annual meeting from October 15 to 20, 2023, to talk about critical privacy challenges and how authorities may work together to preserve privacy in an increasingly data-driven society.

In response, various privacy authorities have issued statements on the meeting outcomes. OneTrust DataGuidance Research tracks the reactions below.

Canada

On October 20, 2023, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) issued a statement highlighting that key topics of discussion included the privacy impacts of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI. In this regard, the OPC noted that AI was the subject of a number of resolutions that were passed by the GPA members during the meetings.

Among other things, the OPC co-sponsored a resolution on generative AI and the impact that its large-scale use of data is having on individuals' fundamental right to privacy. Another resolution co-sponsored by the OPC called on the GPA to work with organizations that develop or implement AI tools in the employment context, such as surveillance and data collection and retention tools, to ensure that employee privacy is considered at all stages.

You can read the statement here.

Brazil

On October 20, 2023, the Brazilian data protection authority (ANPD) announced that it was accepted as a full member of the GPA, during the 45th GPA global meeting.

In particular, the ANPD highlighted that being a full member of the GPA will strengthen international cooperation in matters of data protection, and will facilitate international data flows. The ANPD also noted how participating in the GPA can help data protection authorities around the world take coordinated and effective measures, as well as build sustainable, inclusive, and innovative solutions in the field of data protection.

You can read the press release, only available in Portuguese, here.