Dr David Erdos, Katzenbach Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and co-ordinator of CSLS’s  Oxford Privacy Information Law and Society (OxPILS) research programme, has been asked to join the OECD’s volunteer group of privacy experts.

This transnational group is charged with reviewing the 1980 OECD Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data and the associated OECD Privacy Framework, and coming up with recommendations for the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) membership.  The OECD Guidelines constituted the first transnational privacy instrument in the world and its principles were in key respects the inspiration behind both the Council of Europe’s Data Protection Convention (1981) and the European Union’s Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.  Unlike these other two bodies, the OECD brings together not only a wide range of European countries but also the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea to work together on equal basis in the solving of global problems.   The Privacy Volunteer Group, which is chaired by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer Stoddart, brings together experts from governments, privacy enforcement authorities, academia, business, civil society and the Internet technical community. It is charged with making recommendations to the OECD’s Working Party on Information Security and Privacy within one year with a possible extension for further work in particular areas if needed.  Further information on the OECD’s work on privacy is available.