The CNIL Worldwide
The European Union adopted in 1995 a directive aiming at harmonising amongst the 15 Member States (now 28 Member States) the guaranteed protection to every person wherever in Europe their data is being processed. A reform package on the data protection regime was presented in by the European Commission in January 2012.
Since February 2014, the CNIL’s Chairwoman has presided as Chair over the Article 29 Working Party—the working party that assembles once every two months representatives from the 28 European and independent data protection authorities.
This body’s objective is:
- to contribute to the establishment of European norms by adopting recommendations;
- to render opinions on the level of protection guaranteed by countries outside the EU;
- to advise the European Commission on all projects having an impact on data protection rights and liberties;
The CNIL, as a representative at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, participates regularly in collaboration with other international actors:
the CNIL participates in the working group on the revision of guidelines regarding privacy rights and transfers of personal data as well as represents itself at the international Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners.
The Council of Europe
the CNIL follows the modernisation of the Convention 108 and attends the activities of the Consultative Committee of the Convention 108 (T-PD) as an observer acting as representative of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners.
the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation zone brings together 21 countries; moreover, it aims at facilitating the cross-border commerce as well as the development of e-commerce within the zone. The CNIL participates in the working group on privacy rights as representative of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners as well as in the Committee for the interoperability of the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules-EU Binding Corporate Rules as member of the WP29.
For about ten years, the CNIL has engaged itself in a data protection promotional campaign within francophone countries. These actions have given way to the creation in 2007 of the Association Francophone des Autorités de Protection des Données Personnelles (Association for Francophone Data Protection Authorities), which partners with the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF). Its success has also brought about the adoption of privacy rights legislation by countries within the francophone zone including Burkina-Faso, Turkey and Morocco.