EU, India and 8 other countries call for international cooperation on data protection


The European Union and nine countries, including India, on Monday called for fostering international cooperation to promote high standards of data protection and privacy based on some increasingly shared fundamentals in the Indo- peaceful, in Europe and beyond.

In a “Joint Statement on Privacy and Personal Data Protection: Building Trust in the Digital Environment”, the European Union, Australia, Comoros, India, Japan, Mauritius, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore and Sri Lanka said that rapid technological developments, particularly in information and digital technologies, have brought benefits for their economies and societies, as well as new challenges for privacy and the protection of personal data.



To foster the free flow of data in trust, which, as the G20 Leaders’ Declaration in Rome also recognizes, is key to harnessing the opportunities of the digital economy, it is essential to ensure, as guaranteed by legal frameworks of these countries, respect for the right of individuals to privacy and the protection of personal data as a fundamental value and fundamental freedom, indicates the statement shared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The EU and the countries that issued the joint statement said the lack of trust in how data is handled has had a negative impact on their diverse societies and economies, as individuals and communities may be reluctant to embrace new technologies, public authorities may be reluctant to share personal data. with foreign partners and trade may come up against obstacles.

“In sum, without trust, our societies are unable to fully embrace and realize the benefits of the digital revolution, which are in turn essential to development and in particular to the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. for sustainable development and its goals”, the declaration mentioned.

“Together, we share a common vision of a human-centric approach to such transformation, where the effective protection of personal data plays a crucial role and is a key enabler for cross-border cooperation,” he said. .

To achieve this objective, the EU and the nine countries have declared that they intend to foster international cooperation in order to promote high standards of data protection and privacy based on certain fundamental elements of more increasingly shared in the Indo-Pacific region, Europe and beyond.

They called for comprehensive legal and policy frameworks covering both private and public sectors.

They highlighted fundamental principles such as legality, fairness, transparency, purpose limitation, data minimization, limited data retention, data security and accountability.

They also called for enforceable rights of individuals, such as access, rectification, deletion, and safeguards regarding automated decision-making such as transparency and the ability to challenge the outcome.

The joint statement emphasized safeguards for international transfers to enable cross-border data flows by ensuring that the protection travels with the data.

He also called for independent oversight by a dedicated supervisory authority and effective remedies.

“We are committed to fostering and further developing international policy discussions and cooperation regarding data protection and cross-border data flows with confidence, both bilaterally and multilaterally, in order to promote this shared vision and increase convergence. between our data protection frameworks,” the statement read. .

In a world where data flows easily between jurisdictions, this also increasingly requires close cooperation, within applicable legal frameworks, between cross-border enforcement authorities, he said.

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