OAIC drives international collaboration on privacy protection

31 October 2019
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As part of the OAIC’s active engagement on global privacy issues we presented two resolutions at the recent International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) in Albania. Both resolutions were adopted by consensus.

More than 120 privacy and data protection authorities from around the world gathered in the  Albanian capital Tirana for the Conference, held from 20 to 25 October 2019.

Our Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Hampton presented the resolutions on behalf of the OAIC:

  • Resolution to address the role of human error in personal data breaches. This was motivated by the OAIC’s work and lessons learnt from the implementation of the mandatory Notifiable Data Breaches scheme.
  • Resolution to support and facilitate regulatory cooperation between data protection authorities and consumer protection and competition authorities to achieve clear and consistently high standard of data protection in the Digital Economy. This resolution provides the mandate to continue the work of the Digital Citizen and Consumer working group (DCCWG). The DCCWG considers the intersection between data protection and consumer protection, and the importance of cooperation between data protection, consumer protection, competition and antitrust authorities. The OAIC co-chairs the DCCWG with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner Canada.

“Cooperation with our international counterparts, in both enforcement action and in making progress towards globally interoperable privacy frameworks, is essential to protect personal information wherever it flows,” Ms Hampton said.

“Through our Commissioner’s role on the ICDPPC Executive Committee, the OAIC has also been closely involved in developing a new Conference strategy to promote these objectives and identify priority policy areas.

“The strategy was adopted by the Tirana Conference and is a significant move towards greater regulatory cooperation and high data protection standards globally.”

The strategy confirms and provides the structure for achieving the Conference’s strategic priorities:

  • Advancing global privacy in a digital age, confirming a move towards a global regulatory environment;
  • Maximising the conference’s voice and influence, notably in enhancing the conference’s role in digital policy and strengthening relationships with other international bodies and networks;
  • Capacity building to support members sharing expertise year-round.

Next year’s meeting will be held in Mexico under the Conference’s new name, the Global Privacy Assembly. New Zealand was announced as the host for 2021.