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APEC Launches New Privacy Enforcement Initiative

DATA PROTECTION

July 16, 2010

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has launched an initiative to help boost consumer trust in e-commerce by fortifying enforcement of regional data privacy laws, ZDNet reports. The APEC Cross-border Privacy Enforcement Arrangement (CPEA) will serve as a platform for authorities to engage in information sharing, evidence collection and complaints handling, among other imperatives. Its participants include the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Australia, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The announcement follows the recent establishment of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN). Yael Weinman of the U.S. FTC told the Daily Dashboard that while the GPEN "is a less formal, global network designed to facilitate cooperation among its participants," the CPEA "is a more structured regional arrangement, setting out specific procedures and mechanisms for cooperation among participating privacy enforcement authorities in APEC member economies."
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