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ICO calls for international treaty on data protection

Tamlin Magee | March 13, 2017
UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has called for an international treaty on data protection to be set up within the next ten years.

"It's a global world when it comes to data," she said.

One member of the sub-committee suggested that the logical answer would be to take the lead in data regulation, and to set a "gold standard" for how these regulators might look.

The Information Commissioner agreed, and added that for public policy reasons and for individual trust, the ICO needs to be the gold standard for both regulation and enforcement. "It goes hand in hand," she said, adding that the best way forward will be to fully adopt the GDPR, put into effect the law enforcement directive, and to look towards a "unified implementation of those instruments".

"We can't have people throwing rocks at us from the outside," she said. "We have to have a very strong regime here, enforced well. Weakening the law, making it less burdensome on business, may seem attractive at the surface but I don't think a sustainable business model is a lowering of data protection regulation and practice. That's going to bite us in the long term."


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