07.05.2013

Global Privacy Enforcement Network: Internet Privacy Sweep

According to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), 19 Privacy enforcement authorities from 14 countries worldwide participate in the Sweep searching the Internet in a coordinated effort to assess privacy practices related to a predetermined theme – this year the theme is Privacy Practice Transparency. The Sweep is an initiative of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), which connects privacy enforcement authorities to promote and support cooperation in cross-border enforcement of laws protecting privacy. 
According to these FAQs The purpose of the Sweep is not to conduct an in-depth analysis of the privacy practice transparency of each website, but to replicate the consumer experience by spending a few minutes per site checking for performance against set common indicators. 
The Sweep is not an investigation, nor is it intended to conclusively identify compliance issues or legislative breaches.  Rather, the initiative will help participating authorities to identify sites or apps which may warrant further assessment or follow-up after the Sweep day is over and/or to identify trends which might guide future education and outreach.

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