ICO Works for Global Privacy Enforcement

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The Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN)

The Global Privacy Enforcement Network was established in 2007 to nurture cross-border collaboration among privacy authorities.

Membership consists of the regulatory bodies of OECD countries including the UK, USA; and others such as China.


More: https://www.privacyenforcement.net


ICO Sign Up to GPEN Alert Tool

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have signed an arrangement to be part of a new technical solution for International Agencies involved in privacy enforcement.

The GPEN Alert is projected to be a secure and confidential information sharing tool for members of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), an international network of privacy enforcement authorities.

Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner said:

“It is clear that organisations’ use of data is getting ever more complicated, and ever more international.

“People need to know privacy authorities around the globe are watching over their information, and that policing of the rules doesn’t stop at a country’s border.

“The launch of the GPEN Alert is an important practical step in achieving that, building on the international cooperation the GPEN network has developed. By providing a secure and confidential system, we hope it will prove a key tool in the future.”

The enforcement collaboration between the ICO and others can take a diverse range of forms; however until now it has proven challenging because it has been almost impossible to share information between authorities. Authorities need to make sure that any transfer is legally made, applying appropriate safeguards to protect the information being transferred. This means in particular that the information must be sent in a confidential and secure manner.


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