International DPAs plan greater enforcement cooperation

Laura Linkomies reports from the DPA conference, organised in October in Tirana, Albania.

The 41st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners agreed on a framework that continues to strengthen the group’s position as an effective international forum, and decided on greater enforcement cooperation. The conference will make its Enforcement Working Group a permanent body so that members are able to share lines of inquiry, analysis of issues and tactics, both in general and in ­concrete ongoing investigations.

Gathering 120 jurisdictions together in Tirana, Albania, the conference aims to strengthen relationships with other international bodies and networks. Steve Wood, UK ICO’s Deputy Commissioner told PL&B that this will mean enhanced information exchange and focusing on key areas, as well as issuing template Memorandums of Understanding. The conference will help new and smaller members by making sure future conferences will also discuss practical data protection issues. The ICO will continue as the Conference Chair for the next two years.

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