The member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) haveÂ agreed to a plan which will see them co-operating to uphold privacy laws amidst increasing amountsÂ of cross border data transfer.
The recommendations are the brainchild of the Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart andÂ according to a statement from the OECD: ÂThe initiative is motivated by a recognition that changesÂ in the character and volume of cross-border data flows have elevated privacy risks for individualsÂ and highlighted the need for better co-operation among the authorities charged with providing themÂ protection”.
The OECD recommendations increases the amount of co-operation between the member countries inÂ adopting Âinternational standardÂ privacy laws. On top of this each country will provide a listÂ of contacts who will be responsible for any foreign requests for assistance in protecting privacy,Â such requests will be by way of a standardised form.
Over 25 years ago the OECD produced its last Privacy Guidelines, most countries though producedÂ their own privacy laws after this, therefore: “OECD work on privacy law enforcement co-operationÂ was undertaken in the context of increasing concerns about the privacy risks associated with theÂ changing character and growing volume of cross-border data flows,”
“Globalisation, the emergence of ‘follow the sun’ business models, the growth of the internet andÂ falling communication costs dramatically increase the amount of personal information flowingÂ across borders. This increase in transborder information flows benefits both organisations andÂ individuals by lowering costs, increasing efficiency and improving customer convenience. At the
same time, these personal information flows elevate concerns about privacy, and present newÂ challenges with respect to protecting individualsÂ personal information.”