Privacy developments around the world

We continuously monitor legislative developments globally. In this issue, Professor Greenleaf analyses the situation in Sri Lanka, which now has a GDPR-inspired bill, Pakistan and Nepal. There are also changes to Indonesia’s law.

In the EU, Slovenia is the only country that has not yet transposed the GDPR into national law. The much-awaited new Greek data protection law entered into force at the end of August and we will publish an analysis of it in the next issue of PL&B International. The Greek law implements both the provisions of the EU Law Enforcement Directive and the GDPR.

In the US, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will come into effect from 1 January 2020, and there are also changes to US state data breach notification laws.

How do we keep up with all these developments? Mainly with the help of our knowledgeable correspondents, but also by directly talking to regulators at events such as the DPA’s International Conference in Albania, where I met regulators from many countries including Malta’s Information and Data Protection Commissioner to learn about Malta’s new law. The host country, Albania, also granted us an interview.

Our own events also play a role. In March we will welcome authoritative speakers from Covington & Burling, Germany to our one-day conference in London on Germany’s data protection law, as well as the Head of Department at Bavaria’s Data Protection Authority.

Read an analysis of accountability – it is a global standard with great advantages for organisations and regulators, says the author, Christopher Docksey, Honorary Director-General at the EDPS.

To help you in your own research, we have now updated our webpage which includes links to 140 national/sub national DPAs, in 97 countries. Also available is online search by keyword to PL&B’s previous publications and events.

Laura Linkomies
Editor, Privacy Laws & Business

December 2019