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Thirteen privacy enforcement agencies around the world have created the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) — a network designed to facilitate cross-border cooperation in the enforcement of privacy laws. This network is intended to provide greater international cooperation in privacy protection.
In June 2007, OECD governments adopted a Recommendation on Cross-border Cooperation in the Enforcement of Laws Protecting Privacy. The Recommendation called for member countries to foster the establishment of an informal network of Privacy Enforcement Authorities [para. 21]. It further specifies a number of tasks for the network:
- Discuss the practical aspects of privacy law enforcement co-operation;
- Share best practices in addressing cross-border challenges;
- Work to develop shared enforcement priorities; and
- Support joint enforcement initiatives and awareness campaigns.
The participating GPEN privacy enforcement authorities are:
- U.S. Federal Trade Commission
- Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
- Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (France)
- Privacy Commissioner's Office (New Zealand)
- Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority (ILITA)
- Office of the Privacy Commissioner (Australia)
- Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (Ireland)
- Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (Spain)
- Information Commissioner's Office (United Kingdom)
- Garante Per La Protezione Dei Dati Personali (Italy)
- Dutch Data Protection Authority (the Netherlands)
- Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (Germany)
- Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner (Victoria, Australia)