Internet economy

Information security and privacy 

Security and privacy are essential for the digital economy to continue to serve as a platform for innovation, new sources of economic growth and social development. The OECD focuses on the development of better policies to ensure that security and privacy foster economic and social prosperity in an open and interconnected digital world. 


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The OECD has played an important role in promoting respect for privacy as a fundamental value and condition for the free flow of personal data across borders. Current work is examining privacy-related issues raised by large-scale data use and analytics.


Security - Risk management

Review of the 2002 OECD security guidelines

National cybersecurity strategies

Critical information infrastructures protection (CIIP)

Malware and botnets


Digital Identity and E-Authentication

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Digital identity management is fundamental for the further development of the Internet Economy. It raises the issue of how to translate the mechanisms through which individuals trust each other as a prerequisite to interaction in the digital world.

Consumer Issues

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The Committee on Consumer Policy aims to help public authorities enhance the development of effective consumer policies by i) carrying out research and analysis, and developing policy guidelines; ii) exchanging information on current and emerging issues; and iii) examining ways to strengthen policy outcomes.


Latest news and reports

Internet Governance- Social Compact for Digital Privacy and Security
15 April 2015

The OECD is revising its 2002 Security Guidelines
20 December 2013

The 2013 OECD Privacy Guidelines
10 September 2013

Improving the Evidence Base for Information Security and Privacy Policies: Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges related to Measuring Information Security, Privacy and the Protection of Children Online
20 December 2012

Cybersecurity: Managing risks for greater opportunities (Blog post)
29 November 2012

OECD reviews its 2002 Security Guidelines
21 November 2012

Cybersecurity policy making at a turning point: Analysing a new generation of national cybersecurity strategies
21 November 2012

A secure Internet as an engine of economic growth. Remarks by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría at EU Cybersecurity and Digital Crimes Forum
Brussels, 31 May 2012

Protecting children online
21 February 2012

Regulation of transborder data flows under data protection and privacy law
9 December 2011

Digital identity management for natural persons: Enabling innovation and trust in the Internet economy: Guidance for government policy
1 December 2011

OECD releases terms of reference for the review of the OECD Privacy Guidelines
1 November 2011

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