Today, April 14, 2016, the EU Parliament adopted the long awaited General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Regulation will have a considerable impact on all organizations based in the European Union that process personal data, but also on organizations based outside of Europe providing services to the European market. The GDPR contains many key changes, among them a single set of rules applicable across all member states, stricter requirements for transparency and consent, and tougher enforcement. Non-EU companies whose businesses target EU countries will also be subject to the Regulation.
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Compliments of our DLA Piper colleagues in the data protection and privacy practice, and co-editors Kate Lucente and Paul McCormack, here is the DLA Piper 2014 Data Protection Laws of the World Handbook.  This new online edition of the handbook offers a high-level snapshot of selected features of international laws as they currently stand in 72 jurisdictions across the world.  For example, here is a heat map that provides a visual representation of the privacy challenges faced in certain jurisdictions.

Here is a .pdf of the full 349-page handbook
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As companies struggle to protect and safeguard personal information, managing the legal responsibilities related to processing personal data consistent with applicable laws is a growing challenge. A well-constructed and comprehensive compliance program can provide an effective risk-management tool. Our colleagues from the DLA Piper Information Law Team have published a handbook with an overview of the applicable privacy and data protection laws and regulations across 58 different jurisdictions, including a section on enforcement. Edited by Cameron Craig, Paul McCormack, Jim Halpert, Kate Lucente,
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