Sent to subscribers in January 2019

As 2018 is ending, the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) remains the most important event of the year. The GDPR will be remembered as a significant paradigm shift throughout the world because of its extensive scope. The entire world has become “GDPR-ized.” In this supplement, we provide a number of updates to chapters pertaining to activities throughout the European Union and European Economic Area (EEA) resulting from the switch to the GDPR.

During the middle part of 2018, a series of official documents regarding the interpretation of the GDPR were finalized. The Article 29 Working Party, under its new name—EU Data Protection Board (EDPB)—and its slightly different composition, has officially replaced the Article 29 Working Party. As part of its first activities, the EDPB endorsed numerous guidelines and opinions that were prepared under the Article 29 Working Party. The EDPB has a new website, and this supplement provides numerous new links to the guidelines managed by the EDPB.

As provided in and throughout the GDPR, the Member States are slowly implementing the GDPR in their own laws. This is being done both by integrating the GDPR in their own legal frameworks and by adopting additional provisions. As expected, each country is implementing the GDPR in its own way. In this supplement, we provide updates from Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovakia, and Sweden.

Switzerland, which is not part of the EEA, is also attempting to update its laws to retain consistency with the GDPR but has not yet agreed to a final draft of its updates. We provide a short summary of its efforts and projects.

Outside the European region, there are changes in Latin America. The most significant one was Brazil’s adoption of its first data protection law, which occurred during the summer and was reported in our prior supplement. In this supplement, we provide an update on activities in Chile. Chile was the first Latin American country to adopt a data protection law in the 1990s. It is now inching toward modernization of its legal framework to keep up with developments in the privacy/cybersecurity area so that it can provide protections that are consistent with those provided by its neighbors in Latin America.

By the time this supplement is completed and shipped to our subscribers, it will be 2019. Our team of writers, contributors, editors, and technical assistants wishes all subscribers a very happy new year. Many thanks to all of you for your interest in our work.

Finally, a personal note on behalf of our team. 2019 will be a special year for us. In September 2019, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first publication of our two-volume Global Privacy and Security Law treatise! The privacy/cybersecurity world has changed so much in 10 years.