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Determann’s Field Guide To Data Privacy Law

International Corporate Compliance, Fourth Edition

Lothar Determann

Companies, lawyers, privacy officers, compliance managers, as well as human resources, marketing and IT professionals are increasingly facing privacy issues. While information on privacy topics is freely available, it can be diffcult 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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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, 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 the European Data Protection Board established by the GDPR. These documents are available in English, free of charge, on web pages of the European Union. They are not legally binding on companies or courts, and may not always reflect the views of all national authorities, however, national data protection authorities are likely to consider and follow the opinions of the European Data Protection Board when they issue binding decisions.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Guidelines and Cases: These are available in English, free of charge at the FTC’s home page, at The site has limited search functionality, but you can enter search terms plus ‘’ into general search engines. Companies in the United States tend to closely follow FTC decisions and respect the FTC as a very effective enforcer of consumer rights. The FTC is also specifically tasked with enforcing the EU-U.S....

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