The Federal Trade Commission and privacy enforcement authorities from 11 countries around the world recently launched the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), a new network that promotes information sharing and international assistance in enforcement of privacy laws. Today the network unveiled GPEN’s public website, www.privacyenforcement.net. The new website is designed to promote public awareness of the network.
“To protect consumers’ privacy in today’s global economy, all of us who work in law enforcement around the world need to cooperate with each other,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “We at the FTC are looking forward to working closely with our colleagues overseas to make this happen.”
International organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum have called for strengthening cooperation in privacy enforcement. The OECD is providing website support to GPEN.
In addition to the FTC, network participants currently include privacy enforcement authorities from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, and United Kingdom.