Bird & Bird Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the latest version of Europe’s cornerstone data protection law. It took effect in May 2018, a marathon six and a half years after the European Commission’s original first draft was published following an unprecedented period of debate, negotiation and lobbying. This guide summarises that Regulation - a law which has significantly overhauled Europe’s data protection rules at a time when information systems and digital business underpin human life. As with the legislation which the GDPR replaced, many jurisditions outside the European Union (EU) have followed concepts which it introduced. So understanding the GDPR and how it is enforced is important for businesses around the world.


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GDPR: A new data protection landscape

After over three years of discussion at many levels, the new EU data protection framework has finally been agreed. It takes the form of a Regulation – the General Data Protection Regulation. 


The GDPR will replace the current Directive and will be directly applicable in all Member States without the need for implementing national legislation. It will not come into force immediately (this is likely to be in the first half of 2018). However, as it contains some onerous obligations, it will have an immediate impact.  

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Global Privacy Handbook 2018

Editor's Note

Innovation Driving Digital Transformation and Preparing for GDPR Baker McKenzie is pleased to provide you with complimentary access to the 2018 edition of our Global Privacy and Information Management Handbook, which covers over 50 jurisdictions and is currently available online at and in hardcopy for our clients (app format coming soon). 

Three intricately linked themes dominated the news this past year: 

  • the profound transformation of business and organizational activities, processes, competencies and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of a mix of digital technologies (including artificial intelligence and machine learning) and their accelerating impact across society (e.g., internet of things and autonomous cars);
  •  the increasingly weighty challenge of managing and protecting the growing amounts and richness of data (e.g., big data) being collected, used and processed in connection with the pursuit of digital transformation; and
  •  the heightened global compliance obligations that are emerging to protect the rights of individuals impacted by the digital transformation underway, as most clearly represented by the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

If 2017 was largely about coming to terms with the impact of a world undergoing a digital transformation, for all businesses and organizations, the focus in 2018 will be around preparedness, action and managing risk. 


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Global Guide to Data Breach Notifications - 2016

The World Law Group Global Guide to Data Breach Notifications, 2016 provides the essential information every organization needs to know when facing a data breach in one or more countries. Produced by the WLG's Privacy & Data Protection Group, this guide provides summaries of relevant law, data breach reporting requirements, contact information for relevant data protection authorities and more, currently for 60 countries worldwide. 


Plus, on this website you will find reports on new data breach developments, in-depth articles and analyses from the World Law Group's 54 member firms around the world, as well as alerts about and links to top events globally for professionals involved in privacy and data protection.


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