01 July 2007

OECD - Net growth prompts privacy update

The world's leading industrialised nations have been forced to update privacy laws made obsolete by the huge volume of data moving around the net. Of particular concern to the 30 OECD states was the increasing amount of personal data flowing between nations. These cross-border torrents made it tricky to prevent unlawful use of people's data and for authorities to enforce existing laws, the OECD said. The newly adopted recommendations update a 27-year-old agreement. The 1980 guidelines laid the foundations of privacy laws amongst OECD states but did not account for the internet age, with instant access to global information. OECD Recommendation on Cross-border Co-operation in the Enforcement of Laws Protecting Privacy.