Monday, 6 January 2014

OECD Privacy Guidelines – changes between 1980 and 2013 versions – comparison / markup / redline

Here's a markup showing changes between the 1980 and 2013 versions of the OECD Privacy Guidelines (ie Annexes to the Recommendations), aka the OECD Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data, as I've not found anything similar online.

I used Word's automated comparison feature, tidied up a bit, so the last few paragraphs are not as clear as they could be, but they're usable enough. Obviously I've not compared the explanatory memoranda as they're very different.




1. For the purposes of these Guidelines:

a) "data“Data controller" means a party who, according to domesticnational law, is competent to decide about the contents and use of personal data regardless of whether or not such data are collected, stored, processed or disseminated by that party or by an agent on its behalf;.

b) "personal“Personal data" means any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual (data subject);).

c) “Laws protecting privacy” means national laws or regulations, the enforcement of which has the effect of protecting personal data consistent with these Guidelines.

d) “Privacy enforcement authority” means any public body, as determined by each Member country, that is responsible for enforcing laws protecting privacy, and that has powers to conduct investigations or pursue enforcement proceedings.

e) "transborder“Transborder flows of personal data" means movements of personal data across national borders.

Scope of the Guidelines

2. These Guidelines apply to personal data, whether in the public or private sectors, which, because of the manner in which they are processed, or because of their nature or the context in which they are used, pose a dangerrisk to privacy and individual liberties.

3. TheseThe principles in these Guidelines are complementary and should be read as a whole. They should not be interpreted:

a) as preventing:a) the application, of different protective measures to different categories of personal data, of different protective measures depending upon their nature and the context in which they are collected, stored, processed or disseminated; or

b) the exclusion from the application of the Guidelines of personal data which obviously do not contain any risk to privacy and individual liberties; or

c) the application of the Guidelines only to automatic processing of personal data.

b) in a manner which unduly limits the freedom of expression.

4. Exceptions to the Principles contained in Parts Two and Three of these Guidelines, including those relating to national sovereignty, national security and public policy ("ordre public"), should be:

a) as few as possible, and

b) made known to the public.

5. In the particular case of Federalfederal countries the observance of these Guidelines may be affected by the division of powers in the Federation.federation.

6. These Guidelines should be regarded as minimum standards which are capable of beingcan be supplemented by additional measures for the protection of privacy and individual liberties., which may impact transborder flows of personal data.


Collection Limitation Principle

7. There should be limits to the collection of personal data and any such data should be obtained by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the data subject.

Data Quality Principle

8. Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which they are to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete and kept up-to-date.

Purpose Specification Principle

9. The purposes for which personal data are collected should be specified not later than at the time of data collection and the subsequent use limited to the fulfilment of those purposes or such others as are not incompatible with those purposes and as are specified on each occasion of change of purpose.

Use Limitation Principle

10. Personal data should not be disclosed, made available or otherwise used for purposes other than those specified in accordance with Paragraph 9 except:

a) with the consent of the data subject; or

b) by the authority of law.

Security Safeguards Principle

11. Personal data should be protected by reasonable security safeguards against such risks as loss or unauthorised access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure of data.

Openness Principle

12. There should be a general policy of openness about developments, practices and policies with respect to personal data. Means should be readily available of establishing the existence and nature of personal data, and the main purposes of their use, as well as the identity and usual residence of the data controller.

Individual Participation Principle

13. An individualIndividuals should have the right:

a) to obtain from a data controller, or otherwise, confirmation of whether or not the data controller has data relating to him;them;

b) to have communicated to himthem, data relating to himthem

i. within a reasonable time;

ii. at a charge, if any, that is not excessive;

iii. in a reasonable manner; and

iv. in a form that is readily intelligible to him;them;

c) to be given reasons if a request made under subparagraphs (a) and (b) is denied, and to be able to challenge such denial; and

d) to challenge data relating to himthem and, if the challenge is successful to have the data erased, rectified, completed or amended.

Accountability Principle

14. A data controller should be accountable for complying with measures which give effect to the principles stated above.


15. A data controller should:

a) Have in place a privacy management programme that:

i. gives effect to these Guidelines for all personal data under its control;

ii. is tailored to the structure, scale, volume and sensitivity of its operations;

iii. provides for appropriate safeguards based on privacy risk assessment;

iv. is integrated into its governance structure and establishes internal oversight mechanisms;

v. includes plans for responding to inquiries and incidents;

vi. is updated in light of ongoing monitoring and periodic assessment;

b) Be prepared to demonstrate its privacy management programme as appropriate, in particular at the request of a competent privacy enforcement authority or another entity responsible for promoting adherence to a code of conduct or similar arrangement giving binding effect to these Guidelines; and

c) Provide notice, as appropriate, to privacy enforcement authorities or other relevant authorities where there has been a significant security breach affecting personal data. Where the breach is likely to adversely affect data subjects, a data controller should notify affected data subjects.


16. A data controller remains accountable15. Member countries should take into consideration the implications for other Member countries of domestic processing and re-export of personal data. under its control without regard16. Member countries should take all reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure that transborder flows of personal data, including transit through a Member country, are uninterrupted and secure.the location of the data.

17. A Member country should refrain from restricting transborder flows of personal data between itself and another Member country except where (a) the latter does not yetother country substantially observeobserves these Guidelines or where(b) sufficient safeguards exist, including effective enforcement mechanisms and appropriate measures put in place by the re-export of such data would circumvent its domestic privacy legislation. A Member country may also impose restrictions in respect of certain categories of personal data for which its domestic privacy legislation includes specific regulations in view of the nature of those data and for which the other Member country provides no equivalent controller, to ensure a continuing level of protection. consistent with these Guidelines.

18. Member countries should avoid developing laws, policies and practices in the name of the protection of privacy and individual liberties, which would create obstaclesAny restrictions to transborder flows of personal data that would exceed requirements for such protection.should be proportionate to the risks presented, taking into account the sensitivity of the data, and the purpose and context of the processing.



19. In implementing domestically the principles set forth in Parts Two and Threethese Guidelines, Member countries should:

a) develop national privacy strategies that reflect a co-ordinated approach across governmental bodies;

b) adopt laws protecting privacy;

c) establish legal, administrative or other procedures or institutions for the protection of privacy and individual liberties in respect of personal data. Member countries should in particular endeavour to:and maintain privacy enforcement authorities with the governance, resources and technical expertise necessary to exercise their powers effectively and to make decisions on an objective, impartial and consistent basis;

a) adopt appropriate domestic legislation;

bd) encourage and support self-regulation, whether in the form of codes of conduct or otherwise;

ce) provide for reasonable means for individuals to exercise their rights;

df) provide for adequate sanctions and remedies in case of failures to comply with laws protecting privacy;

g) consider the adoption of complementary measures which implement the principles set forth in Parts Two and Three; and, including education and awareness raising, skills development, and the promotion of technical measures which help to protect privacy;

eh) consider the role of actors other than data controllers, in a manner appropriate to their individual role; and

i) ensure that there is no unfair discrimination against data subjects.



20. Member countries should, where requested, make known to other Member countries details of the observance of the principles set forth in these Guidelines. Member countries should also ensure that procedures for transborder flows of personal data and for the protection of privacy and individual liberties are simple and compatible with those of other Member countries which comply with these Guidelines.

21. Member countries should establish procedures to facilitate:

information exchange related to these Guidelines,

20. Member countries should take appropriate measures to facilitate cross-border privacy law enforcement co-operation, in particular by enhancing information sharing among privacy enforcement authorities.

21. Member countries should encourage and mutual assistance in the procedural and investigative matters involved. support 22. Member countries should work towards the development of principles, domestic and international arrangements that promote interoperability among privacy frameworks that give practical effect to these Guidelines.

22. , to governMember countries should encourage the applicable law indevelopment of internationally comparable metrics to inform the case of policy making process related to privacy and transborder flows of personal data.

23. Member countries should make public the details of their observance of these Guidelines.