ICO and Office of the Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand, sign Memorandum of Understanding


The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the New Zealand Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The MoU builds on the existing close relationship between the ICO and OPC and recognizes their shared mission to uphold people’s information rights while supporting digital innovation and economic development.

Cooperation between international data protection authorities is essential in an age of global data-driven business. This Memorandum of Understanding builds on the close collaboration that the two agencies already enjoy as active members of the Global Privacy Assembly, of which the ICO currently chairs. The letter of intent comes shortly after New Zealand’s new data protection law came into effect and at a time of increasing trade between the UK and New Zealand.

The MoU codifies and sets out how the authorities will continue to share experiences and best practices. collaborate on specific projects of interest; and share information or information to aid their enforcement work.

Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner, said:

‘I am pleased that the letter of intent formalizes our collaboration. The ICO and the OPC face common challenges in regulating our increasingly digital world. The OPC is a suitable and natural partner for the ICO in order to find effective, pragmatic solutions. ‘

The letter of intent does not include the disclosure of personal data and is in line with the legal responsibilities of the ICO. It fits in well with the UK’s commitment to protecting its citizens’ personal data while capitalizing on digital innovation.

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