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By Stephen Gardner. Interviews with leading privacy regulators, from the recent 38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, which took place in Marrakesh, Morocco.


EU privacy law guidance coming soon: regulator group chief

Companies unsure of how regulators will enforce the new European Union privacy regime may soon be receiving official guidance, the head of the EU's official privacy regulator group said.

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, chairwoman of the Article 29 Working Party of privacy officials from the 28 EU countries, said the group's initial guidance on enforcement, privacy officer and data portability provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are slated for release before the end of 2016.

The GDPR, which replaces the 21-year old EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC), is set to take effect May 25, 2018.

Read the interview in full at Bloomberg BNA.

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Brexit might undercut privacy compliance: UK official

Brexit may cause UK companies to limit compliance investment for the new European Union privacy regime, according to UK Deputy Information Commissioner Steve Wood.

Wood said that uncertainty isn't “good because it can delay investment in compliance systems.” The UK data protection agency, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), had been “relaying to government” that companies “want certainty and clarity” over data protection in the context of the UK’s exit from the EU, Wood said.

The UK voted to leave the EU in June. The UK government has said it will trigger in early 2017 a two-year negotiation with the remaining 27 EU countries on the terms of the UK’s departure.

Read the interview in full at Bloomberg BNA.

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New Dutch privacy chief seeks stability amid EU changes

The new head of the Dutch Data Protection Authority is planning a steady course through potentially choppy waters caused by the forthcoming European Union privacy regime changes and Brexit.

Companies doing business in the Netherlands may find some comfort from the approach announced by Aleid Wolfsen, who became chairman of the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) Aug. 1.

The Dutch DPA has started to reflect on its future strategy, and is “thinking about what we want to change, what we want to maintain, but I'm not intending to change policy in the short term,” Wolfsen said.

Read the interview in full at Bloomberg BNA.

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