U.S. Joins APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.July 27, 2012
Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank has announced the United States’ participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Cross Border Privacy Rules. The rules aim to provide a framework to facilitate cross-border data flows by allowing for interoperability through various jurisdictions’ privacy regimes. Blank said U.S. participation “is a significant milestone in international data protection and is an important step in the implementation of the global privacy strategy outlined in the Obama administration’s February 2012 Data Privacy Blueprint,” adding, “We are committed to working with our trading partners in APEC to help maximize its implementation throughout the region.” APEC plans to launch the system within six months.