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FCC Joins the Global Privacy Enforcement Network

On October 28, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it would be joining the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), an international group of privacy regulators and enforcers. GPEN works to promote and support law enforcement cooperation and collaboration on cross-border privacy enforcement actions.

GPEN members include around fifty data protection authorities worldwide. The FCC is posed to join the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in representing the United States during GPEN proceedings.

Members of the GPEN include the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Dutch Data Protection Authority, European Data Protection Supervisor (European Union), Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes of France, Federal Data Protection Commission of Germany, Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection of Mexico, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand, and United Kingdom Information Commissioner’s Office.

Travis LeBlanc, Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau commented:

“We live in an interconnected world where threats to consumer privacy and data security often require the cooperation of numerous law enforcement agencies around the world. Every day Americans continue to have their personal data compromised by attacks from beyond our borders – like phone scams operated by identity thieves based thousands of miles away. If we are to detect, disrupt, and dismantle these persistent global privacy assaults, it is critical that we work closely with our international partners abroad, as well as our federal, state and local partners here at home.”

What is the GPEN?

The GPEN developed out of a 2007 Recommendation on Cross-Border Cooperation in the Enforcement of Laws Protecting Privacy, which was adopted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Recommendation called for OECD member countries to establish an informal network of privacy enforcement authorities, and take appropriate steps to:

  1. Improve domestic frameworks for privacy law enforcement to better enable their authorities to cooperate with foreign authorities.
  2. Develop effective international mechanisms to facilitate cross-border privacy law enforcement cooperation.
  3. Provide mutual assistance in the enforcement of laws protecting privacy.
  4. Engage relevant stakeholders in discussion and activities aimed at furthering cooperation in the in the enforcement of laws protecting privacy.

Following through on the above four steps led to the creation of GPEN in 2010.

Summary

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced its partnership with the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN). Together with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the FCC will work to represent the United States in GPEN proceedings.

CIPP Exam Preparation                                      

In preparation for the Foundations exam, a privacy professional should be comfortable with topics related to this post, including:

  • Global perspectives on data protection regulation (II.A.b.)
  • Information security – safeguarding personal information (III.)
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