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Commissioners' Collaboration Signals Steps Toward Privacy Enforcement Without Borders

PRIVACY

April 30, 2010

Last week's letter by Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart and nine of her counterparts from across the globe questioning the privacy practices of several international corporations may well indicate a new era of privacy enforcement, Michael Geist suggests in a Toronto Star report. "The joint letter signals a new approach to privacy enforcement, one based on greater cooperation and mutual recognition of common privacy principles," he writes, adding, "As privacy and data protection commissioners work together on issues with a global impact, they create a new layer of enforcement that could lead to joint investigations and parallel enforcement actions. After years of grappling with the challenges of borderless privacy concerns in a bordered world, that is a development worth buzzing about."
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