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    Hunton and Williams: FTC Admitted as a Member of the International Group of Data Protection Commissioners

    The Hunton and Williams blog on privacy and information security law has live coverage of the international privacy conference in Jerusalem. It reports:

    The international group of data protection commissioners today admitted the U.S. Federal Trade Commission into membership.

    Meeting at the 32nd International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Jerusalem, the commissioners determined that the FTC had the requisite authority and independence to qualify for membership.

    The decision has been a long time coming. The U.S. has long sought to be recognized as a member of the data protection group. Last year, the U.S. application was rejected at the international conference in Madrid. […]

    The decision reflects the irony that while independence is an important criterion for membership, that independence means that the United States is now represented in international privacy discussions by the FTC, rather than the Departments of Commerce or State, which typically represent the country in international fora.

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