Efforts to Promote Interoperability of Global Privacy Standards

By Matt Klinger

The prospect of developing an international data privacy regime seems low.  But as Markus Heyder of the Center for Information Policy Leadership writes, promoting interoperability between existing national or regional standards may offer a practical near-term alternative.  

"The basic idea behind interoperability," he writes "is that different privacy regimes can be made to work together through negotiated codes of conduct or similar schemes."  

Heyder cites a recent publication by European Union authorities that seeks to help businesses simultaneously meet the privacy requirements of the E.U. and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation region.  Heyder notes this effort may stimulate similar initiatives elsewhere.