We live in a world increasingly dominated by technology and the internet. Given the rapid development of the internet, there is a danger that data protection law will fall out of touch with the purpose it seeks to protect.
We live in a world increasingly dominated by technology and the internet. At the touch of a button, we can access almost any information we desire. Innovations in technology occur almost on a daily basis, providing access to the internet via computers, laptops, tablets, and even mobile phones. As we become more and more dependant on accessing the internet in our day to day lives, we increasingly subject ourselves to exposure of our personal data.
Data protection law: out of touch?
If we cast our minds back to 1999, and the release of a landmark mobile phone which revolutionised the way we contact each other, we would hardly recognise the modern day equivalent; such has been the rapid progression in technology. Currently, European data protection laws take reference from a piece of legislation from 1995. Given the rapid development of the internet, there is a danger (if this has not already been realised) that data protection law will fall out of touch with the purpose it seeks to protect.
How is this being rectified?
For this reason the European Commission proposed a sweeping reform of the law in January 2012. The proposed regulation seeks to address the increasing concern for the general public that their personal information is not secure; providing more transparency as well as streamlining data processing for companies.
At present there are various complex issues faced by Data Privacy. These include ‘cloud’ data storage privacy as well as data transfers between countries (including the current issues surrounding ‘safe harbour’ data transfers between the EU and the USA) and whose jurisdiction this data falls under when such transfers are taking place.
It goes without saying that for international companies the proposed regulation is of particular interest. The data privacy market is currently a dynamic one, as companies are made increasingly aware of the consequences of breach of data protection laws. This is evident in the press, which has publicised the repercussions faced by several blue chip organisations which have fallen foul of the laws.
It will be interesting to see, once the EU regulation comes into fruition, what impact this will have on the data privacy recruitment market.
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