What does this cover?

This year the 37th International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Conference 2015 was held in Amsterdam between 26 and 29 October 2015. As part of the conference a group consisting of "nineteen renowned privacy experts from the US and the EU have developed ten practical proposals to increase the transatlantic level of protection of personal data." .

The proposals, contained in the recently published 'Privacy Bridges - EU and US privacy experts in search of transatlantic privacy solutions' report cover the following headings:

  • Bridge 1 - Deepen the Art. 29 Working Party/Federal Trade  Commission relationship;
  • Bridge 2 - User controls;
  • Bridge 3 - New approaches to transparency;
  • Bridge 4 - User-complaint mechanisms: Redress of violations outside a user’s region;
  • Bridge 5 - Government access to private sector personal data;
  • Bridge 6 - Best practices for de-identification of personal data;
  • Bridge 7 - Best practices for security breach notification;
  • Bridge 8 – Accountability;
  • Bridge 9 - Greater government-to-government engagement; and
  • Bridge 10 - Collaborating on privacy research programs.

The report also contains analysis of "the privacy challenges facing individuals, regulators and companies" in the EU and US and it describes "the similarities and differences between EU and US privacy law". The "goal has been to provide a framework of practical options that advance strong, globally accepted privacy values in a manner that respects the substantive and procedural differences between the jurisdictions".

To view the report, please click here.

Click here to access the Privacy conference website.

What action could be taken to manage risks that may arise from this development?

With the Safe Harbor regime put to one side for the moment, the collaborative working recommendations under the Privacy Bridges report may have even greater influence with regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. Companies may wish to consider the report as an aid to inform their strategies as they relate to privacy and data.