National Comprehensive Data Protection/Privacy Laws and Bills 2016

1 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2011 Last revised: 3 Dec 2016

David Banisar

ARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression

Date Written: November 28, 2016

Abstract

Over 100 countries and independent jurisdictions and territories around the world have now adopted comprehensive data protection/privacy laws to protect personal data held by private bodies. Over 40 countries and jurisdictions have pending bills or initiatives.

The laws in these countries apply to personal information held in both electronic and physical form and to all or nearly all subject areas. In nearly all of the countries, the laws apply to personal information held by private bodies and by governments.

Most countries have created an independent data protection or information commission to oversee and enforce the laws. Most have also included specific exemptions for the media while a few also specifically refer to national right to information laws.

This map shows which jurisdictions have adopted laws or have pending initiatives. This update includes a number of new countries including Chad, Qatar and an updated Caribbean map.

Keywords: privacy, data protection, personal data

Suggested Citation

Banisar, David, National Comprehensive Data Protection/Privacy Laws and Bills 2016 (November 28, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1951416 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1951416

David Banisar (Contact Author)

ARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression ( email )

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London, EC1R 1UQ
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