GDPR’s effects are felt far from Europe

Author: Jimmie Franklin | Published: 6 Jun 2019

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was a phenomenon that spurred Europe into panic and instigated a heightened awareness of data privacy issues. It is safe to say that the regulatory tremors were – and still are – felt well beyond the continent.

According to Philadelphia-based Morgan Lewis partner Ezra Church, the GDPR has been "the biggest topic for privacy lawyers worldwide for over a year now".

"It’s been interesting to see how the regulation has also captured the attention of a much broader audience than we typically see for changes in the law, garnering countless news stories from mainstream media and news outlets," he said. "In the wake of major data breaches and privacy-related news events, it seems like people recognise that privacy laws can actually matter, and might even impact their day-to-day lives."

In an ever globalised economy, the protection of EU citizens’ data was always going to be...