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Information Contact Officer Network
The Information Contact Officer Network (ICON) is a network for freedom of information (FOI), Information Publication Scheme (IPS) and Privacy Contact Officers in Australian Government agencies, the Norfolk Island administration and, relating to privacy only, ACT government agencies.
Contact Officers are the first point of contact for advice on FOI, IPS or privacy matters related to their agency. The OAIC strongly encourages each agency to have Contact Officers at a senior level for each of these areas. In some agencies these functions may be handled by the same person.
ICON meetings are held regularly throughout the year and provide Contact Officers with the opportunity to receive updates on the work of the OAIC and developments in the FOI, IPS and privacy areas. It also provides an opportunity for networking with colleagues in other agencies who may be dealing with similar issues in relation to FOI, the IPS or privacy.
If you are an Information Contact Officer and would like to join the network or update your contact details, email email@example.com or ring our Enquiries Line on 1300 363 992.
Upcoming ICON meeting dates
Upcoming ICON meetings dates (linked to the agenda when available):
- There are no ICON meeting scheduled
If you have a suggestion for an agenda item that you would like to see for any of the upcoming meetings please let us know.
Privacy Authorities Australia
Privacy Authorities Australian (PAA) is a group of Australian privacy authorities that meets regularly to promote best practice and consistency of privacy policies and laws.
PAA membership includes the OAIC, privacy representatives from all states and territories, and the Attorney General’s Department.
Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum
The Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum (APPA) is the principal forum for privacy 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.
The OAIC provides secretariat services to APPA.
The Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) is designed to facilitate cross-border cooperation in the enforcement of privacy laws.
GPEN builds on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Recommendation on Privacy Law Enforcement Cooperation (2007) which recognised the need for greater cooperation between privacy enforcement authorities in cross-border privacy matters. The Recommendation states that member countries should foster the establishment of an informal network of privacy enforcement authorities and other appropriate stakeholders to discuss the practical aspects of privacy law enforcement cooperation.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
In 2007, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies endorsed the APEC Data Privacy Pathfinder (the Pathfinder) to guide implementation of the APEC Privacy Framework.
The Cross-border Privacy Enforcement Arrangement (CPEA) has been developed as part of the Pathfinder initiative, and provides a framework for privacy regulators to cooperate and seek information and advice from each other on cross-border enforcement matters.
APEC Privacy Framework
The Privacy Framework aims to promote a consistent approach to information privacy protection across member economies, while avoiding the creation of unnecessary barriers to information flows. The aim is to have protections consistent across the region, which will place at the forefront of e-commerce.
Consistent with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Privacy Guidelines, the Privacy Framework’s principles and implementation guidance are focused on four main goals:
- to develop appropriate privacy protections for personal information
- to prevent the creation of unnecessary barriers to information flows
- to enable multinational businesses to implement uniform approaches to the collection, use and processing of data
- to facilitate both domestic and international efforts to promote and enforce information privacy protections.
The Privacy Framework was endorsed by Ministers in Chile in December 2004. The Privacy Framework consists of four parts: Part I is a preamble, Part II deals with the scope of the principles, Part III contains the nine privacy principles and Part IV deals with implementation of the principles. A commentary has been published alongside the sections within Parts II and III to provide further information and context.
Cross-border Privacy Enforcement Arrangement
The Cross-border Privacy Enforcement Arrangement (CPEA) commenced on 16 July 2010. The OAIC is one of four co-Administrators for the CPEA, along with the New Zealand Office of the Privacy Commissioner, the United States Federal Trade Commission and the Secretariat.
The CPEA will provide a framework for privacy regulators to cooperate, and to seek information and advice from each other on cross-border enforcement matters. Any Privacy Enforcement Authority in an economy may participate (eg Privacy Commissioners' Offices, Data Protection Authorities or Consumer Protection Authorities that enforce privacy laws).
The CPEA was developed as part of the Data Privacy Pathfinder initiative, established to progress the implementation of the Privacy Framework. The CPEA was endorsed by Ministers in November 2009.
The Pathfinder initiative also involves the development and implementation of a Cross-border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system. The system will provide guidance on the how the CBPR of businesses can meet the standards of the Privacy Framework and be recognised across economies.
In accordance with the CPEA, the then Office of the Australian Privacy Commissioner published its Summary Statement of Privacy Enforcement Authority enforcement practices, policies and activities (July 2014).
More information about and the CPEA can be found on the APEC website.
International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners
The International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) is an international forum which holds an annual conference.
The next conference is being hosted by the Dutch Data Protection Authority between 26-29 October 2015:
- 37th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners — Amsterdam, The Netherlands (October 2015)
Past ICDPPC conference websites:
- 36th International Conference — Balaclava Fort, Mauritius (October 2014)
- 35th International Conference — Warsaw, Poland (September 2013)
- 34th International Conference — Punta del Este, Uruguay (October 2012)
- 33rd International Conference — Mexico City, Mexico (November 2011)
- 32nd International Conference — Jerusalem, Israel (October 2010)
- 31st International Conference — Madrid, Spain (November 2009)
- 30th International Conference — Strasbourg, Germany (October 2008)
- 29th International Conference — Montreal, Canada (September 2007)
- 28th International Conference — London, United Kingdom (November 2006)
- 27th International Conference — Montreux, Switzerland (September 2005)
- 26th International Conference — Wroclaw, Poland (Seoptember 2004)
- 25th International Conference — Sydney, Australia (September 2003)
Resolutions and declarations from the ICDPPC conferences since 2000 are available from the WorldLII International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Resolutions and Declarations database.