G7 countries work towards elements of convergence

Bridging differences, and emphasising democratic values are key elements for promoting Data Free Flow with Trust. By Dr.
Heiko Haupt and Georg Witos of Germany’s Federal Data Protection Commission.

The Data Protection Authorities of the G7 countries; Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union, met in Germany 7-8 September to share knowledge about the prospects for “international data spaces”.

The meeting, convened under the chairmanship of the German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Professor Ulrich Kelber, discussed current regulatory and technology issues and developments in the context of “Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT).

The G7 Communication(1) resulting from this meeting encourages the US government and the European Commission to intensify their efforts for a new, solid Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework. The DPAs say that they acknowledge the worldwide progress made in the area of international data transfer tools, for example:

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