Privacy Watchdogs' Coordination Could Spur Global Standards

Law360, New York (October 19, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT) -- Germany and Canada recently joined forces to strengthen and better coordinate their regulation of cross-border data protection, the latest move toward harmonizing the confusing and sometimes contradictory privacy laws that companies currently struggle to navigate, attorneys said Friday.

The Canadian privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, and the German federal commissioner for data protection, Peter Schaar, unveiled on Oct. 15 an agreement to exchange information regarding cross-border supervision of data protection and to inform each other about important events or complaints.

In announcing this agreement, both regulators indicated...
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