With great honour and pleasure, Hong Kong, China will be the host city for the 39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (“ICDPPC”), which will be held from 25 to 29 September 2017 at Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong. I also take pride to have this Conference accepted by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, as one of the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.
The ICDPPC was first convened in 1979 and has been the annual premier global forum for data protection authorities for over three decades. The Conference seeks to provide leadership at international level in data protection and privacy and links more than a hundred privacy and data protection authorities from across the globe.
The Conference will comprise a comprehensive 4-day programme consisting of a closed session for the accredited members of ICDPPC and an open session to be attended by all in the data protection community including data controllers, privacy related enterprises, business entities, professionals and academia. Renowned practitioners and entrepreneurs from around the world will also be invited as speakers and panelists to share their wisdom in this Conference. The 39th ICDPPC will be a prime arena and excellent platform for all international and local stakeholders to pick one and another’s expertise and map out the future privacy landscape.
Formal conference programme aside, I would also like to show you why this smart city of Hong Kong is one of the world’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities with a unique blend of East-meets-West culture. From the traditional Chinese culture to the modern western design and values, as well as being a sophisticated connector to the Mainland of China, Asia and beyond, Hong Kong has plenty of excitement novelties and greens to offer you and your companion. Surely you will find this Conference a real opportunity to showcase your own thoughts and innovative ideas, learn from others, expand your professional network as well as a time to enjoy the vibrancy and niceties of Hong Kong!
I look forward to receiving all of you in Hong Kong in September 2017!
Stephen Kai-yi WONG
Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong