Data Protection Laws of the World

Data Protection

“Privacy and Publication generally never go together. But this publication is a must for every privacy lover. Meticulous compilation of data privacy laws by the DLA Piper team.”
Raghu Raman Lakshmanan, General Counsel,
HCL America, Inc.
“This compilation does what every brilliant lawyer should do: it makes it easy for clients to understand and apply technical and difficult regulations. Touché to DLA Piper Data Protection Team.”
Dr Katarzyna Lasota Heller, Group Legal Compliance Officer,
Naspers
“DLA Piper has done a great work as the handbook is incredibly well structured and an extremely valuable for anyone handling data protection issues.”
Desislava Avramova, Senior Legal Counsel EMEA,
Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
“DLA’s handbook is a very helpful tool when looking up and comparing privacy requirements across various countries. And by putting it online they made it available to me anytime and anywhere I need it.”
René Keiser, Senior Counsel,
Mondelēz International
“DLA Piper’s Data Protection Laws of the World Handbook is an extremely useful resource. It enables us to find an answer to complex multi-jurisdictional privacy law questions very quickly.”
Lieven van Parys, European Privacy Counsel,
Pfizer
“I’ve never seen anything like it before in terms of law firm guidance/publications. Fantastic job and an excellent tool! I and my team will certainly use it and I know that it is already being circulated to others within the Volvo Group.”
Alexia Henriksen, VP General Counsel
Volvo Financial Services (EMEA)

New Features

This new online edition of the handbook offers a high-level snapshot of selected features of national laws as they currently stand in 72 jurisdictions across the world. It also includes:  

  • Heat Map: the new "heat map" which provides you with a visual representation of the privacy challenges faced in certain jurisdictions; 
  • Mobile Enabled Content: our new and exciting mobile application which can be used on your personal mobile device by accessing our site on your device;
  • Comparison: the ability to compare and contrast countries using our interactive comparative functionality;
  • Single Country View: the option to create a PDF of a single country which you might be interested in learning about; and
  • Full Handbook Download: the option to download a PDF version of the entire Handbook.

Abstract

More than ever it is crucial that organisations manage and safeguard personal information and address their risks and legal responsibilities in relation to processing personal data, to address the growing thicket of applicable data protection legislation.

A well constructed and comprehensive compliance program can solve these competing interests and is an important risk management tool.

This handbook sets out an overview of the key privacy and data protection laws and regulations across 77 different jurisdictions, and offers a primer to businesses as they consider this complex and increasingly important area of compliance.

DLA Piper's global data protection and privacy team has the deep experience and international reach to help global businesses develop and implement practical compliance solutions to the myriad data protection laws that apply to global businesses.

Introduction

Welcome to DLA Piper's Data Protection Laws of the World Handbook. We launched the first edition of the handbook in 2012, and following such a positive response have been updating it to include additional chapters from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Venezuela, to bring the total number of jurisdictions to 77. We also plan to add additional African jurisdictions during the course of 2015.

We continue to witness a period of unprecedented activity in the development of data protection regulation around the world which will have a profound impact on the way in which global businesses are required to approach the collection and management of personal information.

These changes are being driven largely by cultural and trade considerations, and by a struggle to keep pace with emerging technology and online business methods. The proposal for a new EU data protection regulation, which is wending its way through the European legislative process as of this writing, is almost certain to effect a fundamental change in the existing EU framework. Of equal significance is the toughening of legal requirements and of enforcement in countries such as Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. Furthermore, the emergence of laws in countries which previously had no data protection law in place, including a large number of countries in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East continues and could create difficult enforcement risk in the future.

Should you require further guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us at dataprivacy@dlapiper.com.

CyberTrak

We are pleased to introduce CyberTrak, an innovative subscription online cybersecurity tool featuring information on cybersecurity-related mandates in 23 key markets around the world. CyberTrak is the inaugural product of a partnership between DLA Piper subsidiary Blue Edge LabSM* and the Internet Security Alliance (ISA).

CyberTrak provides multinational companies instant online access to critical information about cybersecurity-related laws, regulations and general accepted standards in 23 key markets in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, and in four highly regulated sectors in the US. It also provides brief summaries of requirements, as well as an assessment on enforcement risk and the degree of activity triggering the requirement.

Cybersecurity laws and regulations are evolving rapidly around the world. Companies battling ever more sophisticated cyberattacks face mounting compliance costs and higher risks if they do not keep up with new requirements in all markets where they operate.

CyberTrak is designed to help GCs, CIOs, CISOs, risk officers and legal, technology, IT and procurement departments of multinational companies make better, faster risk management decisions and reduce the costs associated with keeping up with these changing regulatory requirements.

CyberTrak content is to be regularly updated three times per year by a global group of more than 50 carefully selected contributors in key jurisdictions (many of them contributors to Data Protection Laws of the World), along with interim updates when major changes occur.

Understanding cybersecurity mandates on a global scale is critical to any multinational company that collects and retains customer data, trade secrets, and other confidential data or operates in a critical infrastructure sector, such as energy, financial services, healthcare, and defence/governmentcontractors.

To register for a free trial or to learn more about CyberTrak, please visit www.BlueEdgeLab.com.

DATA PROTECTION BLOG

If you find this Handbook useful you may also be interested in DLA Piper's Data Protection, Privacy and Security group's Privacy Matters Blog - a blog featuring regular data protection, privacy and security legal updates to help you remain aware of the most important legal and regulatory developments.

We have over 130 experienced privacy and security lawyers across the globe who are close to the regulations in each of their respective jurisdictions and who regularly post summary articles on their local issues.

To access the blog please visit
http://blogs.dlapiper.com/privacymatters/

To ensure you receive an automatic email when a new article is posted please enter your details in the 'subscribe' section found on the right-hand side bar of the blog.

Disclaimer

The handbook is not a substitute for legal advice. Nor does it cover all aspects of the legal regimes surveyed, such as specific sectorial requirements. Furthermore, enforcement climates and legal requirements in this area continue to evolve. Most fundamentally, knowing high-level principles of law is just one of the components required to shape and to implement a successful global data protection compliance program.

Data Protection and Privacy Group Key Contacts

Americas

Jim Halpert
Jim Halpert
Partner & Chair of US Data Protection and Privacy Group
T +1 202 799 4441

Europe, Middle East and Africa

Andrew Dyson
Andrew Dyson
Partner & Co-Chair of EMEA Data Protection and Privacy Group
T +44 (0)113 369 2403
Prof. Patrick Van Eecke
Prof. Patrick Van Eecke
Partner
T +32 2 500 1630
Carol Umhoefer
Carol Umhoefer
Partner & Co-Chair of EMEA Data Protection and Privacy Group
T +33 1 40 15 24 34
Thomas Jansen
Thomas Jansen
Partner & Co-Chair of EMEA Data Protection and Privacy Group
T +49 89 2323 72 110
Diego Ramos
Diego Ramos
Partner
T +349 17901658
Richard van Schaik
Richard van Schaik
Partner & Co-Chair of EMEA Data Protection and Privacy Group
T +31 20 541 9828

Asia Pacific

Alec Christie
Alec Christie
Partner, Chair of Australia and Co-Chair of Asia-Pac and Global Data Protection and Privacy Group
T +61292868237
Scott Thiel
Scott Thiel
Partner & Co-Chair of Asia-Pac Data Protection and Privacy Group
T +852 2103 0519

EDITORS

Kate Lucente
Kate Lucente
Associate and Co-Editor, Data Protection Laws of World Handbook
T +1 813 222 5927
John Townsend
John Townsend
Associate and Co-Editor, Data Protection Laws of World Handbook
T +44 114 283 3213

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