Istanbul, Turkey, October 25. The digital age has brought great opportunities for the development and progress of nations, but also different challenges for the guarantee of human rights and democratic institutions, due to the collection and processing of large volumes of personal data. , said Commissioner President of the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI), Blanca Lilia Ibarra Cadena, who spoke on behalf of the plenary of the National Guarantor Body, during the inauguration of the Global Privacy Assembly 2022 (GPA, for its acronym in English), a body chaired by the commissioners of the INAI.
“Data protection and privacy are intrinsically linked to economic, social and political changes. However, technology has erupted with dizzying speed, in response to which, as authorities, we must be able to achieve legal, institutional and procedural architectures capable of adapting to this evolution,” he said. -He underlines.
Together with Commissioner Josefina Román Vergara and Commissioners Francisco Javier Acuña Llamas and Adrián Alcalá Méndez, the President-Commissioner participates in the GPA meeting, which takes place in Istanbul, Turkey, from October 25 to 28, and which It brings together the most of 140 personal data protection and privacy authorities who are members of this organization, considered the most important in the field worldwide, currently chaired by the INAI.
With the representation of the AMP Presidency, Ibarra Cadena raised with the authorities present the importance of international cooperation, as well as the exchange of knowledge and practices to undertake actions that allow a balance between promises and benefits of technological innovations and the protection of fundamental rights.
“One of the characteristic points of our Assembly is the adoption of resolutions in which the principles, duties and best practices in the field of computing come into play. In this sense, the actions and experiences, which will be discussed on this occasion, aim to raise specific issues that safeguard the individual sphere, but also to propose ethical and responsible mechanisms for data governance in the digital age. he pointed out.
The work of the GPA 2022 was organized by the Personal Data Protection Authority of Turkey, in coordination with the INAI. The central theme of the meeting is “A question of balance: privacy in the era of rapid technological advances”.
In his speech, the President Commissioner of the Personal Data Protection Authority of Turkey, Faruk Bilir, underlined that humanity is heading towards a new era where the physical and digital worlds are starting to transform into a hybrid reality, which which poses a paradigm shift in the right to the protection of personal data, showing the need to introduce new regulations and to determine more clearly the scope of application among the existing ones, adopting a proactive approach based on ethical principles.
He explained that, although “there are different approaches around the world on how to ensure the protection of personal data, at the same time it is possible to unite on common ground when it comes to protecting the privacy of individuals, considering that, of all common reasons, the most inclusive is the adoption of a human-centred approach”.
Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu stressed that the dialogue of the 44th edition of the Global Privacy Assembly will focus on technological progress, the opportunities and risks it may pose for the protection personal data, in democratic institutions around the world, including the use of biometric information.
Ali Taha Koc, Head of Turkey’s Digital Transformation Office, also participated in the opening ceremony, and personal data and privacy protection authorities from different countries, representatives of civil society, academics and specialists in the field were present.