On October 26, 2010, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership released its long-awaited paper, “Demonstrating and Measuring Accountability, Accountability Phase II – The Paris Project” at the 32nd International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Jerusalem, Israel.

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On October 5, 2010, the French National Assembly introduced a Resolution to support the International Standards on the Protection of Personal Data and Privacy adopted in Madrid on November 5, 2009, at the 31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners.

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Data protection authorities from ten countries around the world issued a strongly worded letter to Google expressing concern about the company’s privacy practices, and signaling an intent to pursue multilateral enforcement measures.

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In a closed session on November 5, 2009, the 31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners adopted the International Standards on the Protection of Personal Data and Privacy (the “Standards”).  Although the document is advisory in nature and is not legally binding, it offers guidance to States that have not yet adopted comprehensive data protection laws.  The Spanish Data Protection Agency, which acted as the secretariat for drafting the Standards, held two meetings that included more than fifty privacy enforcement agencies, privacy advocates and businesses before hosting a final drafting session that was reserved for recognized data protection authorities.

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In 1980, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) first published privacy guidelines that included an accountability principle.  Since that time, little work has been done to define accountability or to describe what it means for organizations to be accountable for the responsible use and protection of data.  In an effort to fill that gap, The Centre for Information Policy Leadership has authored “Data Protection Accountability: The Essential Elements” which articulates the conditions organizations would have to meet to be accountable.  The Accountability paper is the result of the Galway Accountability Project, an initiative facilitated by Ireland’s Office of the Data Protection Commissioner and co-sponsored by the OECD.  As the project’s secretariat, the Centre served as principal drafter of the Accountability paper, which considers the concept of accountability as it applies in the current data environment where data collection and use is ubiquitous, data flows are difficult or impossible to track, and jurisdictional issues abound as data crosses national borders.  The Galway Project enlisted specialists from twelve countries, and the participation of privacy protection agencies from Europe, Asia and North America.  Consumer advocates and business representatives also took part.  The Accountability paper will bring a critical international perspective to the dialogue on changing privacy law in Europe, the United States and Canada.

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Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, the Spanish Minister of the Interior, spoke in contrasting tones today of the difficulties of finding the right balance between security and privacy.  The theme "Striving for a Balance Between Security and Privacy" was debated during the first plenary session of the 31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Madrid.


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On November 4, join our privacy professionals at the 31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Madrid, Spain.  Participate in various presentations on ways to manage the most challenging data protection issues in today’s global environment.  In addition, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (“IAPP”) will host a Data Protection and Privacy Workshop in conjunction with the conference.
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