This week, Assistant Commissioner Sherry Liang is representing the IPC at the 38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, in Marrakesh, Morocco. The conference brings together data protection authorities from around the world to share knowledge and guidance on matters relating to data protection and privacy.
This year, the IPC co-sponsored the Resolution for the Adoption of an International Competency Framework on Privacy Education, which the international data protection authorities have endorsed. In consideration of the urgent need to educate children on data protection and privacy in today’s digital world, this resolution introduces a framework for governments to use to develop educational programs.
This resolution and framework will help raise awareness about this important issue and drive the need to include privacy and data protection in school curriculums around the world. This is a significant step in the effort to make privacy education for children and teenagers a standard practice.
As part of discussions around education, Assistant Commissioner Liang presented on the topic of Digital Education in Ontario, Canada, providing an overview of the IPC’s youth education tools, What Students Need to Know for grades 5, 10 and 11-12. These resources help students understand the risks of social media and the privacy-protective measures that can be taken to protect one’s self on the Internet.
Further resolutions adopted at the conference include, Resolution on International Enforcement Cooperation (2016) and the Resolution on Developing New Metrics of Data Protection Regulation. All of the endorsed resolutions are on the conference website.