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US and 6 Other Nations Partnering To Establish New Border Security Standards

The United States is pairing up with six other countries to develop privacy and cybersecurity standards for the data that cross over into each other’s borders.

The Department of Commerce announced Thursday that it will be partnering with representatives from the governments of Canada, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the Philippines and Taiwan to establish a Global Cross Border Privacy Rules forum. The group would be primarily responsible for creating a new international certification system for private businesses and other organizations based on two sets of data privacy protection standards developed by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

In a statement, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said the effort marks “the beginning of a new era of multilateral cooperation” for protecting the flow of data “that are critically important to our modern economy.”

Apart from developing the new certification system, the partnership would also focus on a range of issues related to privacy and security, including supporting the “free flow” of secure data across borders, periodically review domestic laws to ensure they align with APEC standards, and promote and pursue interoperability with other data protection frameworks.

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