California Privacy Protection Agency Admitted into Global Privacy Assembly

California Privacy Protection Agency Admitted into Global Privacy Assembly

Today, the Global Privacy Assembly (GPA) voted to admit the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) as a full voting member. The Global Privacy Assembly is a global forum of over 130 data protection and privacy authorities. Previously known as the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, it was established in 1979 to help advance privacy by fostering cooperation and information-sharing among privacy authorities across the globe.

The GPA voted to admit the CPPA at the 44th Annual Global Privacy Assembly, “A Matter of Balance: Privacy in The Era of Rapid Technological Advancement,” held in Istanbul, Turkey. CPPA’s Executive Director, Ashkan Soltani, gave a keynote address at the open session portion of the meeting.

In 2018, California became the first state to adopt a comprehensive commercial privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). In 2020, California voters approved Proposition 24, the California Privacy Rights Act, which created the CPPA, the first data protection authority in the United States vested with the authority to issue regulations, audit businesses’ compliance, and undertake enforcement to protect consumer’ privacy.

The Agency joins the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as the second voting member of the GPA from the United States. Observing members from the US include the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB).