The Privacy Enforcement Network was established to foster cross-border co-operation among privacy authorities.

Our mission

In June 2007, OECD governments adopted a Recommendation on Cross-border Cooperation in the Enforcement of Laws Protecting Privacy.  The Recommendation called for member countries to foster the establishment of an informal network of Privacy Enforcement Authorities [para. 21]. It further specified a number of tasks for the network:

  • Discuss the practical aspects of privacy law enforcement co-operation;
  • Share best practices in addressing cross-border challenges;
  • Work to develop shared enforcement priorities; and
  • Support joint enforcement initiatives and awareness campaigns.

In the summer of 2008, privacy authorities began to exchange experiences and discuss the practical aspects of enforcement cooperation via a Web utility.

Action Plan for the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN)

GPEN Action Plan (adopted 15 June 2012; Part E amended 22 January 2013) Read more about

Members

To view a list of GPEN member privacy enforcement authorities, please click here.

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Request to Participate Guidelines

Public privacy enforcement authorities interested in participating in GPEN should send an "intent to participate" to the GPEN Committee that:

  1. Identifies the name of the authority and the country in which it is located, and indicates its status as a public authority;
  2. Indicates that the authority has the power* to conduct investigations and/or pursue enforcement proceedings with regard to laws or regulations the enforcement of which has the effect of protecting personal data; and
  3. Endorses the GPEN action plan, and designates a point of contact pursuant to the plan.

Please forward the requested information to the members of the GPEN Committee (below) with the Contact us form.

[*Note for applications during implementation phase of new privacy laws: The GPEN Committee will usually accept notice of intent from a public authority on which powers of investigation or enforcement have been conferred by law even where the enforcement powers have not yet commenced in operation so long as a fixed commencement date exists. In such cases, the position should be explained in the notice of intent and the fixed commencement date stated. The Committee welcomes such applications but acceptance is in the discretion of the Committee.]

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