April 21, 2022 | 10:03 PM GMT+0800 Last Edit: April 21, 2022
Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, and the United States of America, as current economies participating in the APEC CBPR System,
that growing Internet connectivity and the digitisation of the global economy have resulted in the rapid increase in the collection, use, and transfer of data across borders, a trend that continues to accelerate;
that trusted cross-border data flows are indispensable—not just for big, multinational technology companies, but for companies across all sectors of the economy, and for micro, small- and medium-sized businesses, workers, and consumers as well;
that cross-border data flows increase living standards, create jobs, connect people in meaningful ways, facilitate vital research and development in support of public health, foster innovation and entrepreneurship, and allow for greater international engagement;
that regulatory barriers threaten to undermine opportunities created by the digital economy at a time when companies are relying increasingly on digital technologies and innovations to continue business operations and recover economically;
the importance of strong and effective data protection and privacy in strengthening consumer and business trust in digital transactions;
the important contribution made by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in developing the APEC CBPR System to foster cross border data flows and interoperability;
Do hereby declare as follows:
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How is the Global CBPR Forum related to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CBPR and Privacy Recognition for Processors (PRP) Systems?
The Global CBPR Forum intends to establish an international certification system based on the APEC CBPR and PRP Systems, but the system will be independently administered and separate from the APEC Systems. The founding members of the Global CBPR Forum will consult with Accountability Agents and certified companies in the APEC Systems to formally transition operations from APEC to the Global CBPR Forum and will provide at least 30 days’ notice to Accountability Agents.
What if my business is currently certified or is interested in becoming certified in the APEC CBPR or the PRP Systems?
APEC CBPR and PRP certifications will continue to be provided through APEC-approved Accountability Agents until further notice. The founding members of the Global CBPR Forum that are currently participants in the APEC CBPR System plan to transition operations of the CBPR and PRP Systems from APEC to the Global CBPR Forum and will provide at least 30 days’ notice to Accountability Agents. All approved Accountability Agents and certified companies will automatically be recognized in the new Global CBPR Forum based on the same terms that they are recognized within the APEC CBPR and PRP Systems. Please contact your Accountability Agent for more information on the transition to the Global CBPR Forum.
How can I participate in the Global CBPR Forum?
The Global CBPR Forum members welcome consultations with jurisdictions that accept the objectives and principles of the Global CBPR Forum to identify alignment with CBPR System requirements.