The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) brought together data protection and privacy authorities from G7 countries, as well as guests from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), for a discussion this week on shared emerging challenges that need closer international collaboration.

Chaired by Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, the meeting took place virtually on 7-8 September where G7 authorities agreed on a communiqué that sets out their commitment to cooperate in specific areas.

A summary of each area and key points from the two-day discussion are available in the communiqué below.

The meeting is closely aligned with the Roadmap for Cooperation on Data Free Flow with Trust announced by G7 Digital and Technology Ministers on 28 April 2021. It was a timely discussion in the context of the growing global, data-driven economy and the changes brought by the ongoing pandemic.


The G7 data protection and privacy authorities consist of:

  • Office of the Privacy Commissioner (Canada)
  • Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (France)
  • Bundesbeauftragter für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit, BfDI (Germany)
  • Garante per la Protezione dei Dati Personali (Italy)
  • Personal Information Protection Commission, 個人情報保護委員会 (Japan)
  • Information Commissioner’s Office (UK)
  • Federal Trade Commission (United States of America)