PrivCom Leads At Digital Trade Discussions

May 9, 2022 | 0 Comments

Privacy Commissioner Alexander White was invited to speak to the Global Cross Border Privacy Rules Forum about the “benefits and potential for Bermuda and other countries to participate in the data transfer system.”

A spokesperson said, “Some of the most critical questions about the modern digital economy relate to how personal information is to be protected and respected when crossing international borders.

“Privacy Commissioner Alexander White was invited to speak to members of the newly-formed Global Cross Border Privacy Rules Forum about the benefits and potential for Bermuda and other countries to participate in the data transfer system. Bermuda is considered to be a candidate to join the trade and enforcement cooperation agreement and to help set the worldwide rules of the modern digital economy.

As discussed in our office’s previous guidance, certification mechanisms like the Cross Border Privacy Rules [CPBR] can provide a dependable and predictable system for protecting rights while allowing the proper use of data. The CBPR system was originally developed as a regional agreement for the Asia Pacific.

“In our March 2021 guidance, PrivCom Bermuda was the first privacy regulator outside the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation [APEC] to recognise the CBPRs as an effective certification mechanism for overseas data transfers.

“Current Global CBPR Forum members include Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States of America. If Bermuda were to join, individual Bermudians would gain the ability to hold overseas organisations accountable for their privacy rights. The CBPR Forum would provide Bermudian organisations with a standardised, predictable mechanism to access markets and overseas third parties in participating economies. Businesses would gain certainty in their operations and in the cross-border data transfers that must occur in the course ordinary business.

“On 26th to 28th April, the inaugural meeting of the Global Cross Border Privacy Rules [CPBR] Forum was held in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Bermuda was one of 20 participating countries at the event, which included representatives from CBPR Forum non-members Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dubai, and the United Kingdom. Commissioner White was invited to attend and speak as a featured panellist, and Bermuda Government staff participated online. His attendance did not incur a public expense.”

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