Commerce Department Welcomes UK’s Application to the Global CBPR Forum
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEpublicaffairs@trade.govApril 17, 2023 Office of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON – Today, Susannah Storey, Director General for Digital, Tech and Telecoms Group in the U.K.’s Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT), announced that the United Kingdom has submitted its application to join the Global Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) Forum as an Associate. The announcement comes on the eve of the first anniversary of the establishment of the Forum last year and as members release the Global CBPR Framework and Terms of Reference. The U.K. will be the first new jurisdiction to participate in the Global CBPR Forum since it was established last year.
The Global CBPR Forum seeks to support the free flow of data by providing an interoperable mechanism for effective data protection and privacy globally through the establishment of the Global CBPR System and Global Privacy Recognition for Processors (PRP) System. The Global CBPR and PRP Systems will allow organizations to demonstrate their compliance to internationally-recognized data protection and privacy standards thus facilitating the free and secure flow of data across borders.
“The United States welcomes the United Kingdom’s announcement today and looks forward to working with the U.K. and all members of the Global CBPR Forum to promote trusted cross-border data flows globally,” said Neema Singh Guliani, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Services, in response to the announcement. “We know that the United Kingdom’s contributions to this body will benefit all partners in our efforts to grow the global digital economy and ensure improved access to vital government and commercial services.”
The U.K.’s announcement comes as governments, regulators, and industry stakeholders gather this week in London for the third bi-annual Global CBPR Forum workshop “The Global CBPR Forum at One Year: Challenges and Opportunities” co-hosted by the International Trade Administration (ITA) for the United States and DSIT for the United Kingdom. Over 20 countries and jurisdictions across Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Europe, Africa, North America and South America will be represented in London for the workshop. For more information about the forum, visit the Global CBPR Forum website.
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