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    13 Privacy Enforcement Agencies Launch Global Privacy Enforcement Network

    Privacy enforcement agencies from 13 countries have joined to launch the “Global Privacy Enforcement Network” (GPEN), what they are calling “a network designed to facilitate cross-border cooperation in the enforcement of privacy laws.” In the Action Plan launching the network, the founding agencies said that “it is important that government authorities charged with enforcing domestic privacy laws strengthen their understanding of different privacy enforcement regimes as well as their capacities for cross-border cooperation.” Government agencies interested in participating in the network can review the guidelines and instructions available on the GPEN Web site.

    The network’s mission is: “Sharing information about privacy enforcement issues, trends and experiences; participating in relevant training; cooperating on outreach activities; engaging in dialogue with relevant private sector organizations on privacy enforcement and outreach issues; and facilitating effective cross-border privacy enforcement in specific matters by creating a contact list of privacy enforcement authorities interested in bilateral cooperation in cross-border investigations and enforcement matters.” And the data protection authorities hope to take part in the following activities:

    • Take part in periodic conference calls and meetings with other participating privacy enforcement authorities to discuss enforcement issues, trends, and experiences;
    • Share information about effective investigative techniques and enforcement strategies and about each other’s privacy enforcement regimes;
    • Share information about similarities and differences in procedural, substantive and evidentiary rules to address challenges to cooperation;
    • Coordinate and cooperate with other organizations or networks involved with related activities;
    • Consider consumer and business education projects addressing privacy and data security-related issues;
    • Provide content for a GPEN website to be operated by the Secretariat as described below; and
    • Organize and participate in training sessions on privacy and data security-related matters with non-governmental advisors, such as representatives from industry, academia, international organizations or professional associations.

    The thirteen agencies are:

    1. U.S. Federal Trade Commission
    2. Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
    3. Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (France)
    4. Office of the Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand
    5. Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority
    6. Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Australia
    7. Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Ireland
    8. Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (Spain)
    9. Information Commissioner’s Office (United Kingdom)
    10. Garante Per La Protezione Dei Dati Personali (Italy)
    11. Dutch Data Protection Authority (the Netherlands)
    12. Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (Germany)
    13. Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner, (Victoria, Australia)

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