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OPC signs information-sharing agreement with the data protection authority of Abu Dhabi

June 3, 2022

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Commissioner of Data Protection of the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM Commissioner) to facilitate information sharing between the two organizations.

The OPC has signed similar memorandums of understanding with a number of other data protection authorities as part of the goal of protecting personal information. The Office is committed to collaborating with partners in Canada and internationally.

Memorandums of Understanding are helpful because they allow the OPC to collaborate with other data protection regulators when it comes to enforcement actions against organizations who may operate beyond national borders and beyond the reach of individual countries’ regulatory authorities.

The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) authorizes the OPC to consult, coordinate its activities and share information with its domestic and international counterparts. The newly announced MOU with the ADGM Commissioner provides a framework to allow the two organizations to communicate and cooperate about matters arising under PIPEDA and the Abu Dhabi Global Market Data Protection Regulations 2021.


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