MLex covers data privacy – key insights and trends from the 2021 edition of the global summit of the International Association of Privacy Professionals

MLex covers data privacy – key insights and trends from the 2021 edition of the global summit of the International Association of Privacy Professionals

Covid-19 again prevented the International Association of Privacy Professionals from convening its annual Global Privacy Summit in person in Washington, DC, but the virtual event nevertheless appeared to evidence a growing convergence of online privacy regulation around the world.

Those logging in to the IAPP conference learned more of a steady advance by India and China toward new data-protection rules that, joined with the EU’s GDPR and new laws enacted in Brazil, California and other jurisdictions, means the majority of the world’s Internet users will soon be covered.

In the US, the Biden administration is still too new to have made a mark in data protection, but US officials are engaging with their EU counterparts in an effort to negotiate a replacement to the EU-US Privacy Shield, aiming to restore the trust in the trans-Atlantic alliance.

More should be expected from the US states than from Congress on privacy in the near term, one panel heard, although the recent failure of privacy legislation in Washington state — home to Microsoft and Amazon among others — showed how difficult it will be to hit a politically acceptable data-protection enforcement balance in the US.

Other insights took in regulatory concerns over facial-recognition technology, news of the beleaguered Irish data regulator’s probe into WhatsApp, and pressure on online platforms to deal fairly over children’s privacy in the US.

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