Since the mid-1970s, the OECD has played an important role in promoting respect for privacy as a fundamental value and a condition for the free flow of personal data across borders.
The OECD's Revised Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data are the cornerstone of OECD's work on privacy. In 2013 the OECD revised the Privacy Guidelines for the first time since their launch in 1980. The revised text modernised the OECD approach in many important respects and reinforced its integration with more recent work on privacy law enforcement co-operation.
In 2021 the OECD is continuing to work with countries and experts to scope developments and provide practical recommendations on the implementation of the guidelines in today's digital environment.