The Global Privacy Assembly (GPA) first met in 1979 as the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. The Assembly has been the premier global forum for data protection and privacy authorities for more than four decades.
The Assembly seeks to provide leadership at international level in data protection and privacy. It does this by connecting the efforts of more than 130 data protection and privacy authorities from across the globe.
The GPA’s vision is an environment in which privacy and data protection authorities around the world are able effectively to act to fulfil their mandates, both individually and in concert, through diffusion of knowledge and supportive connections.
The programme of GPA consists of a closed session and an open session. The closed session is attended by accredited members and observers of GPA; the public session is attended by these members and observers in addition to a wider audience from the data protection and privacy community, business, industry, civil society, academia and other government representatives.
GPA consists of a governance body called the Executive Committee (ExCo). The Assembly shall be managed and represented by the ExCo. The ExCo will consist of five elected members. These members, representing national authorities, will be elected by the Closed Session for two year terms. The other two members will be the immediate past Hosting Authority and the next Hosting Authority of GPA.
The purposes of the Assembly are:
a. To promote and enhance internationally personal data protection and privacy rights.
b. To improve data protection and privacy by providing a forum that encourages dialogue, cooperation and information sharing.
c. To draft and adopt joint resolutions and declarations on subjects that warrant the common interest or concern of the accredited members, and promote their implementation.
d. To be a meeting point between accredited members and other international fora or organisations that share common objectives.
e. To encourage and facilitate cooperation and the exchange of information among accredited members, in particular regarding enforcement actions.
f. To promote the development of international standards in the field of protection of personal data.
For more detailed information about the GPA and past conferences, please visit the website.