About this Issue
Around the world, policymakers are focusing on ways to improve privacy frameworks. More than 120 countries have currently a privacy or data protection law enacted. Significant developments are taking place in the European Union, with the General Data Protection Regulation becoming applicable in May 2018 and a framework for ensuring privacy of electronic communications being currently in the legislative process. These developments have an impact on US based organizations that conduct business on the territory of the EU, even if they do not have an establishment there.
The approaches in the EU and in the US to privacy protection differ, based on different legal traditions. Still, there is significant common ground in the commitment to empowering individuals with respect to the collection and use of personal data, and to protecting people against harm from the use of their data.
The Future of Privacy Forum is closely following developments in EU policy-making and law-making. We keep our members informed with all relevant changes, case-law, guidance, policies, legal requirements, while also providing background and extracting essential information in order to support them being on top of the wave. We send out frequent digests with highlights (three to four every month), and the information shared is archived on our FPF Europe page, with access granted only to FPF members.
The Future of Privacy Forum is also engaging with stakeholders in Europe – including representatives of industry, academia and regulators, to facilitate the exchange of ideas and to foster understanding between the American and European privacy cultures, while furthering transatlantic privacy in response to current challenges.