GDR - 2019.4 Magazine

GDR - 2019.4 Magazine

GDR - 2019.4 Magazine

The last GDR magazine of 2019 is a bumper issue. It starts on a sad note, with a profile of European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli, who sadly passed away in August. The article acts not only as an overview of Buttarelli’s tenure at the EDPS – where he turned it into one of the world’s leading voices on data protection and privacy issues – but also examines the agency’s changing role over the years.

All eyes have been on Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, which oversees some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated players in the world of data. We examine how the watchdog has fared so far under the GDPR, bring an interview with its leader Helen Dixon, and feature the lawyers in Dublin who now handle some of the world’s most sensitive work in data.

Outside Europe, Latin America is shaping up to become one of the most complex data regulatory hotspots – with a slew of differing regimes, enforcers of varying maturity and a business culture that has often ignored the risks of handling data. We spoke to leading corporate counsel and practitioners from the region and beyond to discuss what’s keeping companies there awake at night as they gather, exploit and trade data.

GDR also profiled some of the world’s leading firms of experts in cybersecurity, who work closely with lawyers and other corporate advisers to keep data safe and secure.

Data holders around the world are constantly trying to find new ways to enforce their rights. To close out this issue, Morgan Lewis & Bockius lawyers analyse how Japan has amended its IP laws to allow AI businesses to better protect their data.


At a turning point

Brazil’s data protection law comes into force next year. Inspired by the GDPR, its impact will be watched closely by lawmakers around Latin America. We convened a roundtable in Miami with in-house counsel, data privacy officers and private practitioners to share their experiences of data-rich dealmaking and complying with data protection laws in a region where enforcement levels vary greatly.

A waiting game

The introduction of the GDPR has put Ireland’s Data Protection Commission in the spotlight – but one year on, companies and their advisers are still waiting for the agency to dish out its first fines while they work around gaps in the country’s data protection legislation.

Interview: Helen Dixon

Ireland’s data protection commissioner talks regulating big tech, being short-staffed, and facing criticism over Schrems II.

Who owns the oil that fuels AI machines: Japan’s evolving IP protection for data

Morgan Lewis & Bockius lawyers Akiko Araki and Christopher Wells in Tokyo analyse changes to Japan’s IP regime designed to better protect AI businesses’ data ownership.

In search of the bigger picture

He saw the Cambridge Analytica scandal coming, railed against privacy policies and worried about the creeping power of data-driven companies. But Giovanni Buttarelli, the former European Data Protection Supervisor who passed away in August, was no grouchy technophobe.

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