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APEC Group To Allow Global Enforcement Cooperation

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

July 29, 2010

PS News reports on the recent agreement between Australia and members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to join in forming a global privacy enforcement group. Special Minister of State Sen. Joe Ludwig said the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Enforcement Arrangement, in effect since 16 July, will allow Australia's privacy commissioner to collaborate with foreign privacy enforcement authorities to resolve complaints against overseas companies, the report states. Ludwig said the agreement is in line with the government's proposed privacy reforms, which include cross-border data transfers. "The APEC arrangement will enhance these reforms by making it possible for privacy enforcement authorities to call upon their international colleagues for assistance," Ludwig said. Other members so far include the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and New Zealand's Office of the Privacy Commissioner.  
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