ICO Joins Global Cooperation Arrangement for Privacy Enforcement (Global CAPE)

On April 4, 2024, the ICO announced that it had signed an agreement with the Global Cooperation Arrangement for Privacy Enforcement (Global CAPE), marking a significant step in global data protection and enforcement. 

About Global Cape

This international, multilateral agreement enables regulators to collaborate globally in cross-border data protection and privacy enforcement.

Global CAPE’s international reach includes members from the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, and Chinese Taipei. It aims to supplement the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Cross-border Privacy Rules (APEC CBPR), extending participation beyond the Asia Pacific region to wider reaching Global Cross-border Privacy Rules (Global CBPR) which were established in 2022 to facilitate global data flow and promote effective data protection.

Global CAPE facilitates cooperation among Privacy Enforcement Authorities (PEAs) for data security investigations and privacy enforcement actions.

What does this mean for the ICO?

  • Enhanced Cooperation: this association allows the ICO to share information and assist in investigations with member countries, streamlining efforts without needing separate agreements.
  • International Impact: the wide range of members facilitates a broader reach for privacy solutions.
  • Future Outlook: the ICO’s involvement with Global CAPE is set to strengthen global privacy safeguards, ensuring UK citizens’ personal information is protected across borders.

Our views

As data flows increasingly transcend borders, this is a commendable step by the ICO that reflects the growing need for cross-border collaboration and cooperation amongst regulators. As Global CAPE builds upon the APEC CBPR by welcoming non-Asia-Pacific members, the ICO’s membership of Global CAPE is yet another indication of the strong appetite for cross-border collaboration. This initiative aims to design solutions that protect privacy globally, reflecting the ICO’s commitment to strengthening its relationship with other countries to address international data protection challenges and enforcement. 

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