Data Protection Legislation Around the World in 2021

2020 brought several major developments in the world of data protection legislation. Most notably, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) came into force in January in the United States and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in the Schrems II case that the European Commission’s adequacy decision in regards to the EU-US Privacy Shield was invalid, effectively putting an end to free data flows between the United States and the EU.

As we head into 2021, the shadow of these major developments looms large over the data privacy landscape as the CJEU’s Schrems II ruling has shown that legitimizing transfers of sensitive personal data outside of the EU is not just a paperwork exercise.

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