10/09/2021

ICO

Elizabeth Denham calls for a global privacy standard

In a speech at the Oxford Internet Institute, Elizabeth Denham made a call for an international conference to tackle 21st-century data problems. Referring to the 1944 Bretton Woods conference, "the value of international cooperation continues to be fundamental." A fundamental problem with data protection is that while data flows are international, the checks and balances are domestic. In 1944, 730 delegates from around 50 nations attended the conference in Bretton Woods.  Delegates included economists, politicians and subject specialists. A Bretton Woods conference for data could find "common ground between nation's data protection regimes". Denham also noted that "the bar for membership would be lower than adequacy. Membership of a global data protection accord would not require countries to demonstrate their law offered the same safeguards as, say, the GDPR."

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