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Global Data Authorities Agree on Protection Framework

Privacy rules are a becoming much more important in the digital age, and this fact has of course, not gone unnoticed by the growing and numerous DPAs across the globe. As a result, a new agreement has been made that will enable Data protection authorities all over the world to work co-operatively when it comes to resolving issues and enacting enforcement.

Currently, the agreement is still yet to finalised, but plans are in place to put the agreement into action officially at next year’s International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. According to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office the idea behind the framework is to allow DPA’s a credible, flexible way to respond to the increasingly global nature of data protection breaches and threats, whether these come from cyber attacks or as a result of malpractice by companies or other organisations.

The framework is being laid out with the new EU data protection regulations in mind, especially the ’one stop shop’ approach that the EU regulations set out. As interoperation of this particular element of the EU initiative is under some scrutiny, setting out guidelines for a global network of DPA co-operation certainly makes sense. One of the concerns of the data protection regulation for example, is the fact that the ‘one stop shop’ approach is open to a fairly wide variety of interpretation by DPA’s. Once effective, this could mean there could be confusion and a wide amount of differing approaches when implementing the regulations. The protection framework therefore, hopes to avoid this potential problem by the pooling of resources and universally agreed best practice.

That’s not all however. Another potential advantage of the proposed framework is the development and implementation of an information sharing platform to help facilitate much faster and efficient communication and action between global DPAs. Given that cyber attacks are ever on the increase, and the focus on cloud computing and big data, the work of DPAs is likely to become even more important moving forward. In the future, it’s hoped that the shared information platform will become a secure, safe and successful venture that will empower DPAs from every country to deliver fast and effective resolution of data protection issues. In turn of course, this could mean faster and more effective resolution for both consumers and businesses on the receiving end data theft, or breach of data protection guidelines. Overall, a global initiative certainly seems to make sense, and looks to benefit data protection and enforcement in all its forms in the long run.

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