California Privacy Protection Agency Admitted into Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA)


This week the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) governance committee voted to admit the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) as a member.

The Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) is a principal forum for privacy and data protection authorities. Established in 1992, it provides members the opportunity to share ideas about privacy regulations and new technologies. Member organization also exchange best practices related to the management of privacy inquires and complaints.

“We’re incredibly grateful to be admitted to the APPA to join our Asia Pacific neighbors in our shared mission of Privacy” said CPPA’s Executive Director, Ashkan Soltani. “Technology and data bridges the ocean we share, and we expect our work with APPA’s international membership will benefit all Californians.”

The APPA has approximately 20 members from around the global. CPPA joins the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as the second member organization from the United States. The CPPA is also a member of the Global Privacy Assembly, an international body of over 130 data protection and privacy authorities.

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.