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ICO to step up collaboration with European counterpart


Mark Say Managing Editor

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John Edwards, Wojciech Wiewiórowski at the signing
John Edwards and Wojciech Wiewiórowski
Image source: ICO

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for co-operation in upholding data protection and privacy rights.

It builds on an existing collaboration in other forums in which they both participate, such as the Global Privacy Assembly and the G7 Data Protection Authorities Roundtable.

The MoU sets out how the authorities will continue to: share experiences and best practices; co-operate on specific projects of interest; share information or intelligence to support their regulatory work; and promote dialogue among data protection authorities and other digital regulators.

The ICO said it will not involve the sharing of any personal data.

UK Information Commissioner John Edwards said: “Today's MoU formalises the existing and ongoing collaboration between my office and the EDPS. We’ll continue to work together both bilaterally, and in other international groups, to find pragmatic solutions to ensure that organisations are supported and aware of their data protection, while upholding people’s information rights.”

European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski said: “This MoU aims to further strengthen the EDPS and ICO’s joint commitment to ensure a consistent and coherent approach to the protection of individuals’ rights to privacy and data protection.

“This document maps out concretely how both of our authorities, with our respective experiences and knowledge, plan to prioritise individuals’ fundamental rights across the EU and the UK.”

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