About the network

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The Common Thread Network (CTN) links data protection and privacy regulators across Commonwealth countries, and encourages governments in countries that do not yet have privacy regulators to create laws to protect people’s privacy.

The network was set up to enable the sharing of experience, knowledge and expertise across Commonwealth nations about privacy and data protection, tackling issues such as the growth in use of the internet, international data transfers and the cloud.

The work of the network is driven by its members and revolves around two general themes:

  • Promoting good privacy practices to assist socio-economic development; and
  • Acting as a platform for sharing good practices and helping build trust and confidence in the handling of citizens’ personal data.

The network was established at the 36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in October 2014.


Recent work

Find out about the work we’ve done recently.

Our plans and priorities

Including attracting new members, and developing links with other relevant organisations.

Terms of reference

The Common Thread Network is finalising its terms of reference.


Find out about the Secretariat and its role.