FCC Joins Worldwide Privacy Enforcement Network

Says it is 'Critical' to Work with International Partners
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The FCC said Tuesday (Oct. 28) that it has joined the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), whose members include some 50 data protection authorities.

The network collaborates on cross-border privacy enforcement actions. The FCC joins the Federal Trade Commission in representing U.S. interests in GPEN.

“We live in an interconnected world where threats to consumer privacy and data security often require the cooperation of numerous law enforcement agencies around the world,” said Travis LeBlanc, chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, in announcing the FCC's participation in the network.  “Every day Americans continue to have their personal data compromised by attacks from beyond our borders – like phone scams operated by identity thieves based thousands of miles away. If we are to detect, disrupt, and dismantle these persistent global privacy assaults, it is critical that we work closely with our international partners abroad, as well as our federal, state, and local partners here at home.”

The FCC just last week said it planned to fine two phone companies a total of $10 million for not sufficiently protecting data and exposing personal information of over 300,000 consumers on the Internet.

Other members of the network include the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Dutch Data Protection Authority, European Data Protection Supervisor (European Union), and United Kingdom Information Commissioner’s Office.

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