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International: PCPD and ICO sign MoU on regulatory, enforcement, and research cooperation regarding citizens data risks

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data ('PCPD') announced, on 2 August 2020, that it had signed, on 29 July 2020, a memorandum of understanding ('MoU') with the United Kingdom's Information Commissioner's Office ('ICO') on regulatory, enforcement, and research cooperation to protect the fundamental rights of citizens of the UK and Hong Kong in data based economies. In particular, the PCPD clarified that the MoU covers a wide range of activities including cooperation requirements by the two data protection authorities in the event of cross border personal data incidents, and confidential information sharing where appropriate and lawful to do so for conducting inspections, handling complaints, and initiating investigations. The ICO's Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, noted '[the] MoU will demonstrate to the outside world that the UK and Hong Kong data protection authorities will work together where necessary when [their] citizens' data is at risk.'

You can view the press release here and the MoU here