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The Australian and French privacy regulators have also respectively issued guidance on getting accountability right but take a slightly different approach compared to the Canadian, Hong Kong and Colombian regulators in that they do not expressly refer to, or promote the implementation of, privacy management programs.The French ApproachThe French data protection authority was the first European privacy regulator to release a standard outlining what accountability means in practice. The French Standard, released in January 2015,…

Privacy regulators around the world are increasingly embracing the notion of accountability as a vehicle to drive privacy compliance within organisations. So far, the privacy regulators in Canada, Hong Kong, France, Australia and Colombia have issued “Accountability Guides” or “Privacy Governance Frameworks” intended to assist private sector (and in some instances, also public sector) organisations setting up appropriate processes and procedures to ensure privacy compliance. Those documents have a lot in common and provide helpful…

As we noted in the first post of our accountability series, the principle of accountability has become a global privacy paradigm. In this post, we discuss the evolution of this principle and how it got to be where it is today.Accountability In The Early DaysThe accountability principle has featured in international data protection instruments for 35 years making its debut in 1980 when it was included in the original OECD Guidelines. It was taken-up 25…

The Accountability Principle in International Data Protection InstrumentsPrivacy Accountability: National Regulators’ Accountability Guidance (Part 1)Privacy Accountability: National Regulators’ Accountability Guidance (Part 2)Colombian Data Protection Authority issues Accountability Guidance The notion of accountability is not new to data protection law and policy. What is new, though, is that it is becoming more and more relevant in practice and is on its way to becoming one of the most important data protection principles on a global scale.Long gone…