We live in a technologically advanced country where, with the advent of time passing, technology is turning its wheel to a larger development. With more engagement in technology, there is a greater need to look into the issues of data creation and sharing. The World Cyber Security Forum (WCSF) has been an offspring for various organisations to look into the matter of data policy and data privacy. It is an internationally renowned cyber consultancy in the web community that raises awareness about numerous internet concerns and serves as a source of technological legal information for professional students, teachers, teenagers, and middle-aged civilians all over the world. As an organisation, WCSF aims at creating awareness around data privacy by providing regular updates on the new legislations. It also aims in assisting countries and organisations in framing better data privacy policies and helps them in complying with data privacy regulations.

On the occasion of World Data Privacy Day on January 28th, 2022, it was an honour to have a holistic session on data privacy laws and regulations of different nations. This session aimed to be aware of and analyse the privacy laws in relation to data and security. Our expert speaker, Debbie Reynolds, who is popularly known as “Data Diva”, is an internationally recognised author, speaker, and advisor in the field of data privacy and technology. She is also a technologist, a thought leader and a media figure on global data privacy issues and cyber data breach response regulations.

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During the session, she talked about statistics and how worldwide data and regulations are increasing exponentially.

In the session, she focused on some countries’ development related to data privacy-

  1. The Personal Data Protection Bill (PDPB) in India is yet to be passed by Parliament. India, like the EU, has a human-rights-based approach to privacy regulations.
  2. The EU passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018. Later, in the year 2021, they also produced Standard Contract Clauses, which are clauses designed to assist businesses with the lawful transfer of data outside of Europe to various jurisdictions that have an impact on the United States.
  3.  The United States lacks national data privacy legislation, but it does have sector-specific laws such as health, finance, and hospitals, as well as data laws. In the United States, privacy rules are centred on the needs of the customer and are enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.
  1. China has passed two laws, the first of which is the Personal Protection Law, which addresses individual privacy. The second type of law is data security law, which focuses on data protection.
  2. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has published its first federal data protection law (Federal Decree Law No. 45/2021 on Personal Data Protection) (the Data Protection Law), as well as a law establishing the new UAE Data Office (Federal Decree Law No. 44/2021 on Establishing the UAE Data Office).

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The Future of Data Privacy

Despite the fact that numerous gigabytes of private data end up distributed across on-premises, cloud, hybrid, and third-party systems, data privacy regulations continue to offer personal data owners significant rights. From the standpoint of data processors, the data privacy environment is becoming more stringent by the year, with GDPR penalties becoming more common.

There are many technologies that are coming into play now that are going to increase the pressure on data use, which in turn increases the risk to organisations and individuals. In order to combat such situations, certain new technologies have been largely used to efficiently regulate data. The most recent development is the Metaverse, which is, in simple terms, a 4-D device that will not only let you see things by sitting in one place but also let you feel them. Such sensors collect data from your body and store it for future use. This could be dangerous because we don’t have any regulations for it now.

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By – Akriti Gupta, Legal Intern & Sabrina Bath, Content Writer

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