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The Galway process

We have been invited to participate as the sole civil society organisation within a collaborative process between industry and international privacy regulators to explore the concept of accountability in the context of global data transfer governance.  The process, supported by the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP and the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.

This initiative is trying to find a way to join together the weaker regulatory systems in the U.S. and Asia, with the stronger regulatory system in Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (amongst others), to establish a way for them to inter-operate in the face of new technological developments.  This process could lead to a new logic for policy change in Asia, and so our participation is essential to understand how we can work with policy-makers in Asia to implement these new mechanisms.  The danger is that this process could equally lead to a fragmented approach to regulatory protection, thereby stalling any new legislative initiatives in Asia.  We continue to monitor this situation closely.