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2019.1 Magazine

    Policymakers have had harmonisation on their minds for the past few years, hoping to get data flowing: the GDPR was intended to bring EU member states’ data privacy legislation closer together, and has inspired lawmakers across the world to follow Europe’s lead. Meanwhile, the bloc continues to pursue new regulations that break down intra-European non-personal data localisation measures.

    The picture isn’t entirely rosy. This issue of GDR looks at complications in two countries with very different approaches: Brazil, where observers worry that a much-hyped new omnibus law modelled on the GDPR could create even more hassle in a country with notoriously complex enforcement; and China, where the country has imposed a raft of cybersecurity and localisation requirements that have left lawyers and data holders scratching their heads. The EU may be leading the way on data privacy, but life hasn’t become easier for data-rich businesses just yet.

    This issue of GDR also features analysis of the rapidly expanding internet of things industry, as well as the complex Brazilian data privacy enforcement regime. We also publish interviews with senior enforcers in Hong Kong and Ireland, and for the first time showcase the data lawyers you need to know in Brazil and Singapore. Last but certainly not least, Debevoise & Plimpton lawyers scrutinise the UK’s new privacy enforcement regime.


    Tom Webb

    Editor

Brazil's data bar

Helping companies through a complex legislative framework.

Taming the hydra

Will Brazil's new omnibus data privacy framework create more confusion?

Interview: Anna Morgan and Marita Kinsella

Irish data officials discuss cooperation and the GDPR.

Dealing with data in the internet of things

The IOT presents fresh challenges for lawyers and regulators alike.

Interview: Stephen Wong

Hong Kong's data ethics report, enforcement priorities, and international transfers.

Singapore's data bar

The top advisers to ASEAN's technology hub.

Beyond the headline fines: preparing for post-GDPR ICO scrutiny and enforcement

As fines grab the headlines, Debevoise & Plimpton London partners Karolos Seeger and Jane Shvets and associate Robert Maddox analyse the UK data protection watchdog’s new investigative powers.

Crossing the river by feeling the stones

China has long disregarded international norms when it comes to governing its affairs. Its approach to data is no different.