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Ogier | British Virgin Islands | 23 Sep 2021

BVI Data Protection Act

The Data Protection Act (DPA) came into force on 9 July 2021. Prior to the introduction of this new legislation, there was no specific data protection legislation in the British Virgin Islands. Persons who are private bodies and who process personal data will need to make changes to their data processes and procedures to ensure their compliance with the DPA. Some of the necessary changes will......
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ENSafrica | South Africa | 22 Sep 2021

Legislating 4IR for healthcare in South Africa

The "fourth industrial revolution" (4IR) refers to the complex ecosystem encompassing artificial intelligence (AI), among other things. In the healthcare context, there have been and will continue to be extensive gains and opportunities to solve existing challenges with the use of the technologies encompassed within the 4IR and AI. However, care will need to be taken to limit the possible......
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Özdağıstanli Ekici Attorney Partnership | Turkey | 17 Sep 2021

Turkish DPA WhatsApp decision

The Turkish Data Protection Authority recently made a public announcement regarding its ex officio investigation of WhatsApp LLC and published an important decision discussing WhatsApp's data processing and data transfer operations. The Turkish Personal Data Protection Board's decision is important and must be reviewed in detail since it demonstrates the Board's approach to international......
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Walder Wyss Ltd | Switzerland | 17 Sep 2021

FDPIC recognises new EU SCCs subject to certain modifications and amendments

As expected, the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner has recognised that the standard contractual clauses adopted by the European Commission provide for an adequate level of data protection under Swiss data protection law in case of data transfers – provided, however, that certain modifications and additions are made to these clauses to be compliant with Swiss data protection......
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 17 Sep 2021

ICO consults on protection of personal data transferred outside of United Kingdom

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is seeking responses on its draft international data transfer agreement and guidance, which replace standard contractual clauses. The ICO is also asking for views on any relevant privacy rights and legal, economic or policy considerations and implications. The ICO says that it is keen to hear from all interested parties.
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Schoenherr | Austria | 3 Sep 2021

Digital Austria – overview of domestic digitalisation efforts

For many years, Austria has ranked among the most successful countries in Europe in terms of digitalisation. However, while it is to be welcomed that money and time can be saved and communication with authorities, enterprises and citizens can be accelerated and simplified through more interconnectivity and digitalisation of processes, care must be taken to ensure that the rights of the people......
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Özdağıstanli Ekici Attorney Partnership | Turkey | 3 Sep 2021

Personal data protection in context of employment and vaccination

Law 6698 on the Protection of Personal Data applies to natural persons whose personal data is processed and natural persons or legal entities that process such data – wholly or partially and by automated or non-automated means – provided that they form part of a data filing system. This article evaluates the processing activities carried out by employers as data controllers in the context of......
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Ojam Bullrich Flanzbaum | Argentina | 3 Sep 2021

Creation of advisory committee for secure apps

A recent provision of the Office of the President's Chief of Staff set out the creation of the Advisory Committee for the Development and Implementation of Secure Applications. The reason for the creation of the Committee is the increase in the amount of software developed by public bodies and agencies that is used for citizen administrative procedures. The use of digital technologies has......
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AKD | Belgium | 27 Aug 2021

What does a Belgian DPA light procedure involve?

The Litigation Chamber of the Belgian Data Protection Authority (DPA) recently issued a decision on the merits following the defendant's failure to execute a light decision based on article 95(1)(5) of the Law of 3 December 2017 on the creation of the DPA. By this decision on the merits, the DPA reprimanded the defendant and gave an order to follow up the requests for the exercise of the......
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Özdağıstanli Ekici Attorney Partnership | Turkey | 27 Aug 2021

Commitment letter applications for transfers of personal data abroad

Where one of the conditions for processing data stated in the Data Protection Law exists and the country to which the personal data is to be transferred does not provide adequate protection, data controllers in Turkey and the relevant foreign country must sign a commitment letter outlining adequate protection and get the approval of the data protection authority. This article sets out the......
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