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    ZDNet Asia: APEC leads new initiative for privacy cooperation

    ZDNet Asia reports on a new privacy initiative from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation:

    A new initiative launched Friday by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) aims to boost consumer trust in e-commerce in the Asia-Pacific region. It will do this by providing a platform for the enforcement of data privacy laws through cross-border cooperation.

    The APEC Cross-border Privacy Enforcement Arrangement (CPEA) establishes a framework under which participating authorities may contact each other for assistance in collecting evidence and sharing information on an organization or matter under investigation. Privacy authorities can also liaise with one another in the area of enforcing actions and transferring complaints to another jurisdiction, according to a statement from the APEC Secretariat based in Singapore.

    The CPEA also facilitates cooperation between privacy enforcement authorities in APEC and their non-APEC counterparts as it is designed to work seamlessly with other regional and global schemes, the APEC Secretariat added. […]

    Colin Minihan, chair of the data privacy subgroup of APEC’s Electronic Commerce Steering Group, termed the CPEA “groundbreaking” in the statement.

    “It demonstrates that privacy enforcement authorities are engaging with the realities of global data flows and the associated risks of privacy violations that transcend national and jurisdictional boundaries,” he said. “The CPEA reflects the commitment of APEC privacy and consumer protection authorities to work together and across borders in enforcing consumer privacy protections.” […]

    The CPEA, said the organization, is an outcome of the Data Privacy Pathfinder initiative established in 2007 to accelerate the implementation of the APEC Privacy Framework. The Pathfinder initiative involves multiple projects aimed at promoting consumer trust and business confidence with respect to data flows across borders. It also includes general commitments regarding the development of a Cross-Border Privacy Rules system.

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