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William Fry Data Protection Day Update 2017

February 10, 2017

2016 was the year of the global data revolution in which privacy and data protection became a top priority for organisations in many sectors and industries, both technology and non-technology related. Undoubtedly, this increased focus on data protection and privacy was driven largely by the formal signing of the GDPR and the EU-US Privacy Shield. 2016 was also the year of landmark data protection and privacy court cases in which William Fry was acting.

In 2017 organisations will need to kick-start their ‘GDPR Readiness’ programmes and actively accelerate their journey to 25 May 2018 (the date that the GDPR will apply). The GDPR will have a global reach, applying to organisations that are established or direct business activities in the European Union. This widened territorial ambit will require multinational organisations to ensure their data processing activities are GDPR compliant.

To mark International Data Protection Day 2017, our Technology team provided a round-up of some of the key data protection stories of 2016 and looked ahead to likely events for 2017. Now in its eleventh year, International Data Protection Day is celebrated globally every 28 January to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices.

Part 1: 2016 Round-Up

Part 2: 2017 Forecast

For general information on the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) and detailed guidelines on compliance, register for PrivacySource, William Fry’s dedicated GDPR website.

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Contributed by David Cullen

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