Newly-Adopted Resolutions by Global Data Protection Commissioners
At the 41st International Conference of Data Protection & Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC), held in Tirana, Albania from October 21 to 24, 2019 (the “Conference”), privacy and data protection regulators from around the world adopted a number of high-level resolutions and recommendations addressed to their respective governments. These resolutions are important for busy practitioners to take note of, as they signal the general direction in which the global community of regulators is heading and provide a glimpse into their evolving perspectives on some of the most pressing data protection issues of the day. The Adopted Resolutions of this year’s conference are:
- Resolution on social media and violent extremist content online. Highlighting the terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand in March 2019, the Conference resolves to urge social media providers to take steps to stop the dissemination of terrorist and violent extremist content using their platforms, while continuing to protect freedom of expression.
- Resolution to support and facilitate regulatory co-operation between data protection authorities and consumer protection and competition authorities to achieve clear and consistently high standards of data protection in the digital economy. This resolution emphasizes the need for continued collaboration between data protection and consumer protection authorities at both domestic and international levels, with a view to fostering better protection for citizens and consumers in the digital economy.
- Resolution to address the role of human error in personal data breaches. This resolution focuses on security safeguards that are appropriate to take against human error, which may include building a workplace culture where privacy and personal data security are treated as organizational priorities, establishing robust and effective data protection and privacy practices, procedures and systems, and adopting monitoring and auditing mechanisms.
- Resolution on privacy as a fundamental human right and precondition for exercising other fundamental rights. Sponsored by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), this resolution advocates that governments around the world should reaffirm a strong commitment to privacy as a fundamental human right, vital to the protection of other democratic rights. It also calls upon businesses to show demonstrable accountability by actively respecting privacy and other human rights across all commercial activities as a key aspect of legal compliance, corporate social responsibility and an ethical business approach.
- Resolution on the promotion of new and long-term practical instruments and continued legal efforts for effective cooperation in cross-border enforcement. The Conference resolves to continue to encourage efforts to bring about more effective cooperation in cross-border investigation and enforcement in appropriate cases, including continually contributing their knowledge and expertise to a new permanent online public repository section on the ICDPPC website that links to publicly available enforcement cooperation resources.
- Resolution on the Conference’s strategic direction. By this resolution, the Conference adopts a Conference Strategic Plan that includes among its strategic priorities: advancing global privacy in a digital age, maximizing the Conference’s voice and influence, and capacity building for the Conference and its members.
These Resolutions and their practical implications will be discussed during AccessPrivacy’s November Monthly Call, taking place Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.