There follows a list of current observers accredited under article 5.3 of the Assembly’s rules and procedures.

  • Rule 5.3(a) Public entity other than an international organisation
  • Rule 5.3(b) international organisation
  • Rule 5.3(c) Reciprocal recognition


Public entity other than an international organisation Duration of observer status
Danish Defense Intelligence Agency (2022) To April 2025
New York City Office of Information Privacy, USA (2022) To April 2025
National Data Protection Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Proteção de Dados), Brazil (2021) To April 2024
Canadian International Industrial Security Directorate (2013) To April 2024
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, India (2018) To April 2024
Macao Office for Personal Data Protection (2011) To April 2025
Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer, Department of Justice, United States (2018) To April 2025
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, United States (2021) To April 2024
National Cybersecurity Agency, Qatar (2021) To April 2024
Data Protection Office, Qatar Financial Centre (2021) To April 2024
Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, Saudi Arabia (2021) To April 2025
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), United States (2019) To April 2024
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, United States (2021) To April 2024
International organisation Duration of observer status
World Food Programme (2022) To April 2025
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) (2022) To April 2025
African Network of Data Protection Authorities  (Réseau Africain des Autorités de Protection des Données Personnelles (2018) To April 2024
Association Francophone Des Autorités De Protection Des Données Personnelles (French-Speaking Association of Personal Data Protection Authorities) (2012) To April 2024
Common Thread Network (CTN) (2019) To April 2024
Council of Europe (2015) To April 2025
European Commission (2013) To April 2025
European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) (2020) To April 2025
European Data Protection Board (EDPB) (2019) To April 2024
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (2015) To April 2025
Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIHR) (2021) To April 2024
International Committee of the Red Cross (2016) To April 2024
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (2019) To April 2024
International Organization for Migration (IOM) (2018) To April 2025
Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (2015) To April 2025
UN Executive Office of the Secretary-General (2015) To April 2025
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (2019) To April 2025
Reciprocal recognition Duration of observer status
Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) (2021) To April 2024


Former observers
The arrangements for admitting and accrediting observers changed in 2011 and again in 2015. Complete and reliable records do not exist for observers prior to 2015. The following organisations are not currently observers.

39th International Conference
Abu Dhabi Global Market Registration Authority (2017), Malaysia Department of Personal Data Protection (2017), Republic of Korea Korea Communications Commission (2017), Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission (2017), U.S. Department of Justice Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer (2017), International Organisation for Migration (2017), UNESCO (2017), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (2017).

38th International Conference
Belgium Supervisory Authority for Police Information Management (2016), Japan Personal Information Protection Commission (2016), Kenya Commission on Administrative Justice (2016), Montenegro Agency for Personal Data Protection and Free Access to Information (2016), Nigeria Cybercrime Advisory Council (2016), Nigeria National Identity Management Commission (2016), USA Department of Justice (2016), USA Office of the Privacy and Data Protection, Washington State (2016), International Organisation for Migration (2016).

37th International Conference
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Communications (2015 – 2016).

36th International Conference
Japan Specific Personal Information Protection Commission (2014–2016), Singapore Infocomm Development Authority (2014 – 2016).

35th International Conference
Ecuador Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUPERTEL) (2013 – 2016), Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission (2013 – 2016), South Korea National Information Security Agency (2013 – 2016).

34th International Conference
Ecuador Dirección Nacional de Registro de Datos Públicos (DINARDAP) (2012 – 2016), Organization of American States (2012 – 2016).

33rd International Conference
Japan Consumer Affairs Agency (2011–2016).