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The Global Privacy Assembly’s (GPA) application process for new members and observers is now open for the 2021 cycle.

The GPA’s vision is to be an environment in which privacy and data protection authorities around the world are able effectively to act to fulfil their mandates, both individual and in concert, through diffusion of knowledge and supportive connections.

Since its foundation in 1979, the GPA has been continually growing and now includes more than 130 authorities from across the globe. Each year, the GPA welcomes new applications from authorities who wish to become members and from public entities or international organisations that wish to participate in the GPA as observers.

If you wish to apply for membership to the GPA, you may do so by filling in the online application form. Applications for membership will remain open until end of day, Sunday, 18 July 2021.

International organisations and public entities who wish to join as observers may do so by filling in the appropriate online application form. Applications for observer status will remain open until end of day, Sunday, 22 August 2021.

However, aspiring applicants are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible to ensure their applications are in a timely manner. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to read the information available on the Become a Member page or the Become an Observer page before submitting their application.

If you are an existing Observer whose status is due to expire in 2021, please renew your status by filling in the renewal form.

If you have any questions concerning any of the above, please contact the GPA Secretariat at