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Beyond GDPR: Data Localization Laws Abroad

Globalization and technology development have enabled the significant expansion of international business opportunities; however, some national governments are attempting to exert control over the increasingly porous technological barriers between countries.

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which takes effect on May 25, 2018, will require all companies in the EU involved in the processing of personal data to comply with an expanded scope of data privacy protection. A number of other countries, including China, Russia, India, and Brazil, have also introduced similar regulations. Though perhaps lesser-known than GDPR, these regulations nonetheless require significant compliance.

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The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is the result of four years of work by the EU to bring data protection legislation into line with new, previously unforeseen ways that data is now used. This new regulation will apply in all EU member states as of May 25, 2018. GDPR updates the 1995 Data Protection Directive by introducing tougher fines for noncompliance and breaches and by putting control of personal data back into the hands of the individual. It also means that organizations cannot simply gather data without good reason and must prove that they are doing all they can do to protect the data they hold.

Previously, under the directive, each EU member state was free to adopt laws in accordance with the principles laid out in the directive. This meant there were differences in the way each member country implemented and enforced the directive. Because the GDPR is a regulation and not a directive, it uniformly applies in all EU member states.

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Large FERC Cyber Fines Becoming More Common

By Jessica Slater and Chris Keegan The Electric Power industry has faced fines for over 10 years for failing to…

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Beecher Carlson Named to Exelon 2017 D&I Honor Roll

We take pride in our company’s inclusiveness, as our teammates’ backgrounds, cultural beliefs, and personal characteristics help shape and reinforce…

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NotPetya – Are Your Computers Protected?

On June 27, 2017, “NotPetya” or “GoldenEye,” a new ransomware strain, started propagating in at least 65 countries. NotPetya has…

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Beecher Carlson’s Joey Freeman Featured at the Grainger Insights Roundtable

Your organization’s safety culture directly impacts employees’ well-being in the workplace. Beecher Carlson’s Joey Freeman, Managing Director of Risk Control,…

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