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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Omnibus Data Protection Bills Continue to Spread

July was a busy month for anyone tracking the spread of comprehensive data protection legislation around the globe.  Besides the momentous development of the government of India publishing a draft bill closely aligned with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, and Brazil being on the cusp of enacting its GDPR-inspired General Data Protection Law, progress towards omnibus data protection legislation was reported in five other countries.  In Barbados, the Ministry of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce launched a public consultation on the draft Data Protection Act 2018.  In Ecuador, the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society issued a position paper on the urgent need for data protection legislation, setting a goal of having a bill submitted to the National Assembly by the end of the year.  In Iran, the Minister of Communications announced that the government had prepared a draft data protection act for consideration by the Parliament and was interested in discussing data protection issues with the EU.  In Kosovo, the Government submitted a draft Personal Data Protection Law to the Assembly modeled upon the GDPR.  In Pakistan, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications released a draft Personal Data Protection Bill for public consultation.

Omnibus data protection bills in India and Brazil, and now in Iran and Pakistan.  China adopting comprehensive protections across a number of laws.  Hmm, perhaps when word emerges of a comprehensive data protection bill in North Korea, Congress will figure out that our increasingly exceptional piece-meal sectoral approach to privacy protection is not fit for purpose in the digital age.

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