Friday 28 January 2022 is Data Protection Day (or Data Privacy Day outside of Europe), which marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe’s Convention 108.

To mark Data Protection Day 2022, our Global Data Privacy and Security Team have provided a roundup of key trends and developments across the globe from a data protection perspective as well as looking ahead to what to expect in 2022.

There are new laws and developments to keep up with in various jurisdictions including the Personal Information Protection Law in China, new laws coming into force in Thailand, amendments to existing legislation in Singapore and Japan, as well as various state developments in the US, and reforms or proposals in Vietnam, Australia and other jurisdictions.

From an EU perspective, a key area companies will be focusing on in 2022 is updating existing data transfer agreements to replace them with the new EU Standard Contractual Clauses before the 27 December deadline, as well as associated compliance with the impact of the Schrems II decision. In addition, from a UK perspective the outcome of the ICO data transfer consultation is eagerly anticipated to provide certainty regarding the data transfer tools that can be used for transferring personal data from the UK under the UK GDPR going forward post Brexit.

You can find more information on these developments and many others here.

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