On October 26, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a press release on the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (“GPEN”) Alert, a new multilateral information sharing system that would allow participating agencies to share information relating to an investigation in order to facilitate better cross-border coordination. The FTC, along with agencies from seven other nations, signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the 37th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Amsterdam. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez stated that the “GPEN Alert is an important, practical cooperation tool that will help GPEN authorities protect consumer privacy across the globe.” Australia, Canada, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom join the U.S. in their efforts to coordinate global consumer privacy protection.

The GPEN Alert technology uses the same technology as the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network, a database that stores consumer complaints made to the FTC and is accessible to participating U.S. law enforcement agencies.