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Data Protection Regulation Worldwide

In an era where data is being created, gathered, stored and shared across borders exponentially, the need for protection of that data as well as understanding how to share that data is important. While some countries have not yet addressed data privacy, many are now employing laws that are similar to the EU (and UK) implemented General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


 For this reason, we have created a global data regulation tracker for you to use.

 Due to the widespread use of computing and databases during the 1960s and 1970s, data protection law emerged.  It was reawakened in the 1990s as a response to increased trade in personal information and new market opportunities. Today it is considerably more complex. Furthermore, new technologies, services, and systems are evolving that rely increasingly on analytics, ‘big data,’ sharing, tagging, and profiling, as well as artificial intelligence.

 Data-intensive systems will require new regulatory frameworks to provide a critical starting point ensuring legal safeguards are implemented to provide these governance frameworks – both nationally and globally.

 In 2018, the GDPR was released as the most forward-looking legal provision for the protection and ongoing security of personal data.  Data privacy was radically changed by GDPR enforcement; countries, organisations and individuals worldwide developed more rigorous controls and protections to avoid being caught breaching tight controls of the GDPR. It is now up for debate as to whether GDPR, just 3 years later is fit for purpose given the increases in data production, gathering, process and sharing globally.

 Despite its relative narrowness, the ruling of Schrems II also had a large impact on privacy regulations and approaches around the world, particularly in the United States, which received much of its data from the European Union.  Organisations operating across more than one country and numerous laws and legislation now have to reassess how they handle personal information under this ruling, changing how businesses and governments approach data protection.

 The implementation of GDPR and ruling in Schrems have shown the importance of ensuring that organisations maintain clear and adequate privacy policies to protect data. The rulings also increased awareness of the importance of keeping data secure and private, therefore inspiring other countries to implement new legislation.

 However, legislation continues to vary significantly from country to country. In order to help you, Proelium Law’s data regulation tracker outlines the significant data privacy regulations, and those being considered, all over the world. This provides a quick overview of the overall approach to data protection of each country listed and their legislation.

 You can take a look by clicking on the button below:

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