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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.