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Determann’s Field Guide to Data Privacy Law

International Corporate Compliance, Third Edition

Lothar Determann

Companies, lawyers, privacy officers and marketing and IT professionals are increasingly facing privacy issues. While information is freely available, it can be difficult to grasp a problem quickly, without getting lost in details and advocacy. This is where Determann’s Field Guide to Data Privacy Law comes into its own – identifying key issues and providing concise practical guidance for an increasingly complex field shaped by rapid change in international laws, technology and society.
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International Corporate Compliance, Third Edition

Lothar Determann


, I am providing suggestions that I believe will supplement this Field Guide well, but the list is not intended to be anywhere close to complete or constitute a review, ranking or evaluation of resources included or excluded.

On the World Wide Web, government agencies, law firms, Wikipedia, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the American Civil Liberties Union, media companies and individuals publish alerts and updates. As a starting point for initial orientation on a particular topic, I usually enter a buzz word or short phrase into a general Internet search engine.

Opinions by Data Protection Authorities in the EEA. Fairly comprehensive guidance is available from individual data protection authorities as well as an EU institution comprised of representatives from all national authorities (historically known as the “Article 29 Working Party” and renamed “European Data Protection Board” under the EU General Data Protection Regulation).

These documents are available in English, free of charge on web pages of the European Union (the exact URL/address changes frequently). The working group was originally created pursuant to Article 29 of the European Data Protection Directive and consists of representatives of data protection authorities of each European Economic Area (EEA) Member State. Its papers are not legally binding and do not always reflect the views of all national authorities. However, national data protection authorities occasionally refer to the papers when they issue binding decisions. Companies should not feel obliged to slavishly follow guidelines from the Article 29 Working Party, but...

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