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OECD Countries Limit Government Access to Personal Data

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European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders.

European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders called the OECD framework a milestone for member states.

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Officials from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)'s 38 member states finalized a framework to limit governments' access to citizens' personal data.

The framework includes seven nonbinding principles for access to corporate-held personal data, which government and corporate privacy officials said could help businesses better justify decisions to transfer data between jurisdictions.

The accord also directs authorized officials to handle personal data only, while governments must compensate individuals if their legal safeguards are violated.

A poll of more than 700 members of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) found international data transfers were the leading strategic priority for privacy officers this year. "This [OECD framework] is the most dramatic shift that we will see in this landscape this year," said IAPP's Caitlin Fennessy.

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