DLA Piper recently launched the 2019 refresh of the DLA Piper Data Protection Laws of the World Handbook. The latest updates to this popular resource shows very clearly that 2018 was a significant year for privacy and data protection laws and that this area will continue to be one of the most dynamic and fast developing areas of law over the course of the next year.

During 2018, we saw a number of significant privacy law developments worldwide: the GDPR took effect after a two-year implementation period; a number of jurisdictions updated or began the process of updating local data protection laws to align to the GDPR; the US and Brazil broke new ground with privacy laws in their respective jurisdictions; and India introduced sweeping new privacy legislation. Moreover, this trend is expected to continue in 2019.

While there are too many developments to cover comprehensively, we highlight some notable developments in this alert.

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