The ICO has been helping to establish a new network of Commonwealth privacy regulators to promote cross-border co-operation and build capacity for effective data protection.
 
The Common Thread Network, as it is to be known, will enable the sharing of experience, knowledge and expertise across Commonwealth nations, tackling critical issues such as the growth in use of the internet, international data transfers and the cloud.
 
Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said,

“An increasingly connected world needs connected solutions. The Common Thread Network will allow us to utilise each member's strengths to tackle global problems. Co-operation has always been at the heart of the Commonwealth and the Common Thread Network is another great example of that.”

"It's also important for UK consumers and citizens to make sure that contracted-out data processors in emerging markets stick to privacy rules," he added.

The Common Thread Network was established at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Mauritius. A Common Thread meeting was attended by data protection and privacy officials of the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Malta, Mauritius, State of Victoria (Australia) and Ghana under the joint chairmanship of the United Kingdom and Canada, with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) as observers.
 
We will be writing more about the network in a blog next week.

You can read more about it on the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation website.