Common Thread Network encouraged to further its capacity building engagement following 2015 CHOGM Communiqué

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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.

Following the CHOGM meeting on 27-29 November 2015, the Commonwealth Heads of Government published a Communiqué, which was particularly encouraging for the Common Thread: “Heads recognised the need to adopt legal frameworks that promote privacy rights and to ensure an open and secure internet as well as data protection in accordance with the national laws of the states concerned. They resolved to encourage the development of practical networks that facilitate the sharing of information and building of capacity in these areas.”

Christopher Graham commented that: “With this encouragement from Commonwealth leaders, our Common Thread Network will work to build capacity and reach out to those jurisdictions that need to update their law to include effective provisions on data protection and privacy. Digital means jobs and growth – but only for those countries that get the need to do data protection properly.”

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