The International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications (IWGDPT), also known as the Berlin Group, was established in 1983 on the initiative of a number of national data protection authorities aroundthe world. Since then, its secretariat has been provided by the data protection authority of Berlin (Berliner Datenschutz-beauftragter). Membership ofthe Group is not limited to national data protection authorities, but also extends to representatives from the private sector and NGOs.
In recent years, the Berlin Group has focused on data protection and privacy-related issues aroundinformation technology in the wider sense, with a special focus on Internet-related developments.
More information on the Berlin Group is available on its website.