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Canada and Germany sign cooperative agreement on data protection

On October 15, 2012, Canada and Germany signed an agreement to cooperate on matters dealing with digital privacy. Under the agreement, both countries will exchange information relating to important events and complaints, as well as cooperate in specific cases.  Officials from both countries say that international cooperation is essential in dealing with privacy concerns arising from the Internet, where personal data is easily transmitted over international borders.  The recent investigation into Google’s changes to its privacy settings highlights why international cooperation is important. The investigation was led by French authorities, but depended on collaboration with other European countries. 

Canada and Germany hope to get more countries to agree to cooperate on digital privacy.  Both countries will be raising the issue at the 34th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in late October.

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