After several failed attempts in recent decades to summarize and codify the data protection provisions relating to employees and other workers in a single Employee Data Protection Act, the current government is once again attempting to do so.

Current legal situation in Germany

Currently, employee data protection in Germany is largely determined by case law.

Continue Reading Germany: New legislative procedure for an Employee Data Protection Act

Author: Carolyn Bigg, Amanda Ge, Venus Cheung, Gwyneth To

With 2023 having come to an end, the fast-paced changes to the China data protection regime throughout the year are continuing well into Q1 2024.

As well as a near finalisation of the different routes to legitimise cross-border data transfers, the Cyberspace

Continue Reading CHINA: data protection regulations – a lookback at 2023 developments

The European Data Protection Board has published new guidelines (14 November 2023) on the scope of Article 5(3) of the e-Privacy Directive – i.e., the so-called ‘cookie rule’.  

These guidelines apply a maximalist interpretation to the cookie rule, meaning that a wide variety of technologies other than traditional cookies are, in the opinion of the

Continue Reading EU: New EDPB guidelines on the scope of the ‘cookie rule’

We (finally) have more clarity as to the next steps in the long-awaited reform of the Australian Privacy Act.

As we noted back in February this year (see here), the Attorney-General’s Department recommended a number of changes to Australia’s core privacy regime, which saw its last major overhaul in 2014.

The Australian Government

Continue Reading Australia – next stages in the Privacy Act review confirmed

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Continue Reading We’re now seamlessly global. Here’s what to expect. 

Global flows of personal data have been a source of geopolitical concern for many years now. The Court of Justice of the European Union’s “Schrems II” judgement has revived the debate and organisations around the world now have to map personal data flows and conduct transfer impact assessments, while patiently awaiting the developments around the

Continue Reading EU: International data transfer rules for non-personal data

Authors: Carolyn Bigg, Amanda Ge, Venus Cheung, and Gwyneth To.

Vietnam’s long-awaited, first-ever Personal Data Protection Decree (“PDPD”) has finally been passed and is scheduled to take effect from 1 July 2023 (save limited grace period exceptions).

The PDPD is the first comprehensive data protection regulation consolidating Vietnam’s existing data

Continue Reading VIETNAM: First Personal Data Protection Decree passed – What you need to know

Authors: Carolyn Bigg, Amanda Ge, Venus Cheung, Gwyneth To

China’s amended Anti-Espionage Law will take effect from 1 July 2023. However, its effects have already been felt by some international businesses. So what should international businesses do to respond to these new risks?

The new law broadens the scope of espionage activities,
Continue Reading CHINA: new Anti-Espionage Law and its impact on your China data and operations – how your organisation should respond

Author: Carolyn Bigg, Yue Lin Lee

Indonesia’s long-awaited Personal Data Protection Law (“PDPL”) finally came into force on 17 October 2022, helpfully consolidating and clarifying the personal data protection framework in Indonesia.

Whilst there is a two-year transition period, businesses with Indonesian operations or which process the personal data of Indonesian citizens should now make
Continue Reading INDONESIA: Personal Data Protection Law PDPL Now in Force