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What is the OECD Working Party on Information Security and Privacy (WPISP)?

 

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http://oe.cd/wpisp

The WPISP focuses on the economic and social aspects of cybersecurity and privacy
 

The WPISP develops public policy analysis and high level recommendations to help governments and other stakeholders ensure that security and privacy protection foster the development of the Internet economy. It gathers policy experts from OECD member and partner governments as well as business, civil society and the Internet technical community to share experience on better approaches to security and privacy in an open and globally interconnected environment. The WPISP reports to the Committee for Information, Computers and Communications Policy (ICCP) which itself reports to the OECD Council.

The WPISP:

  • Addresses information security and privacy as complementary issues that are essential for the sustainability of the Internet economy as a platform for economic and social prosperity.
  • Is a platform where policy makers monitor trends, share experience, and analyse the impact of technology on information security and privacy policy making.
  • Develops and monitors the implementation of several non-binding legal instruments (soft law) adopted by the OECD Council by consensus.
  • Maintains an active network of experts from government, business, civil society and the Internet technical community.

The work of the WPISP:

  • Serves as a foundation for developing national co-ordinated policies.
  • Is balanced and pragmatic, respects cultural, legal and social differences.
  • Benefits the broader international community through OECD’s co-operation with non-members and other international and regional organisations (such as Council of Europe and APEC).
  • Supports OECD’s core values

The WPISP is supported by the OECD Secretariat within the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry. It meets twice a year in Paris and organises workshops and conferences.

WPISP delegates come from various government bodies with an interest in the economic and social aspects of information security and privacy. Non-governmental stakeholders participate actively in the dialogue through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC) and the Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC). The WPISP has also established relationships with other international and regional organisations such as Council of Europe, Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC TEL and APEC ECSG), ENISA, the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, and the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN).  

Further information and documents are available at www.oecd.org/sti/security-privacy.

See also

OECD instruments and reports on information security and privacy policy

Multi-stakeholder representation

  • Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC),
  • The Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC)
  • The Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC)

International / Regional organisations

 

 

OECD Policies for Information Security & Privacy

Information security and privacy

 

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