On April 1, 2015, the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (“GPEN”) released its 2014 annual report (the “Report”). This Report marks the first time that GPEN has issued an annual report highlighting the network’s accomplishments throughout the year. GPEN is a network of approximately 50 privacy enforcement authorities from around the world, including the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.
According to the Report, GPEN saw a growth in members and participation in 2014, which included hosting 18 teleconferences in the Atlantic and Pacific regions. The organization also experienced global cooperation between privacy enforcement authorities in “The Sweep” of mobile apps, which was followed by a signed joint open letter to seven major app marketplaces. In addition, with the enhancement of the GPEN website came greater opportunities for online discussion and dialogue between privacy enforcement authorities. The Report also lays out a broad work plan for 2015.