Canadian, German Data Protection Watchdogs Join Forces

The German and Canadian data protection commissioners have signed an agreement that aims to ensure people’s digital privacy will be better protected if data travels across borders via the Web. International cooperation could help put companies like Facebook and Google on a privacy leash.Both countries will inform each other about important events and complaints and will cooperate on specific cases.Peter Schaar, the German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, said international cooperation is needed in cases dealing with companies like Google and Facebook.The Canadian government also highlighted the importance of coordinated privacy protection in the age of the Web. Both data protection agencies are striving to expand their coordination with counterpart agencies around the world. Canada and Germany plan to discuss extending their cooperative agreement to more countries.

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