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Data Protection Day 2018
26 January 2018
Sunday 28 January 2018 marks the twelfth Data Protection Day, a.k.a Data Privacy Day. This annual event aims to raise awareness of data protection and information rights and encourage good data privacy practice by organisations.
The CTN welcomes the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
20 November 2017
The Common Thread Network is pleased to welcome the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario as a new member of the Network..
3rd Annual General Meeting of the Common Thread Network
5 October 2017
The CTN met on 25 September 2017, in the margins of 39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Hong Kong, for its Annual General Meeting.
Common Thread Network announces Ghana’s Patricia Poku as new co-chair
3 October 2017
The Common Thread Network is pleased to announce that Patricia Poku was appointed as new co-chair at the CTN Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 25 September 2017.
A note from the Cayman Islands
8 August 2017
Earlier in 2017, the Cayman Islands passed their first Data Protection bill. In this five minute film, Acting Information Commissioner, Jan Liebaers from the Information Commissioner’s Office Cayman Islands discusses why the bill is important, what it will mean for privacy, data protection and freedom of information in the country and what the Information Commissioner’s Office will be working on in the future.
The CTN welcomes South Africa
14 July 2017
The Common Thread Network is happy to welcome the South African Information Regulator to its growing list of members.
ICO’s Steve Wood speaks at the CTO Cybersecurity Forum
22 March 2017
Several CTN members are attending the annual Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation’s (CTO) Cybersecurity Forum in London this week (22-24 March).
Data Privacy Day across the Common Thread Network
26 January 2017
On Saturday 28 January, data protection and privacy authorities from across the globe will be celebrating Data Privacy Day, or Data Protection Day if you are based in Europe. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of people’s data protection and privacy rights; both with individuals themselves and with organisations and businesses that handle personal information.
Bermuda adopts Informational Privacy Legislation
18 August 2016
A new Act to protect the personal information of Bermuda residents – The Personal Information Protection Act 2016 (PIPA) – was adopted on 18 August 2016 after having received Royal Assent on 27 July 2016. It provides Bermuda’s residents with a general right to privacy for personal information, which is based on a common set of international privacy principles. The PIPA applies to all organisations, including businesses and the Government, that use personal information in Bermuda.
Common Thread Network encouraged to further its capacity building engagement following 2015 CHOGM Communiqué
29 November 2015
The Common Thread Network met in Amsterdam in October 2015 in the margins of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC). One of the aims of the meeting was to raise awareness of data protection and privacy at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta at the end of November 2015. Common thread leaders agreed a strong statement to further the work on data protection within the Commonwealth, specifically encouraging the development of networks across countries to share information and expertise to build the necessary capacity in the privacy and data protection field.
Statement from the Co-chairs of the Common Thread Network on behalf of participants at the 3rd Annual Common Thread Network meeting in Amsterdam
6 November 2015
Eleven members of the Common Thread Network, which links the Data Protection and privacy enforcement authorities across the Commonwealth, have met in Amsterdam for their 3rd Annual Meeting on the margins of the International Conference for Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners.
Common Thread Network to facilitate cybersecurity and cybergovernance collaboration in Commonwealth
16 October 2014
Commonwealth privacy regulators met today in the margins of the 36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners held on 13 – 16 October 2014 in Balaclava Fort, Mauritius to agree the next steps in establishing the Common Thread Network (CTN), a Commonwealth network aimed at facilitating the sharing of experiences, knowledge and expertise amongst Commonwealth stakeholders and promoting cross-border cooperation, an area seen as critically important in view of the growth of the cyberspace, data, and Cloud services.