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Cross Practice Attorneys Examine GDPR International Adequacy Decisions

Practices: Health Care, Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity, Privacy & Cybersecurity Compliance and Counseling, Clinical Research, General Data Protection Regulation, Health Privacy & Security, Digital Health, Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Privacy & cybersecurity partner Rohan Massey (London) and health care associate David Peloquin (Boston) examined how Japan recently secured an adequacy decision under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, opening a channel of free-flowing data between the two jurisdictions. Several other countries are expected to follow suit. The U.S., however, is not among them. The article was published Feb. 26 in Corporate Counsel and also appeared in Legal Week and The Asian Lawyer.

The attorneys note that many nations are taking an omnibus approach to data protection while the U.S. is focused on how it regulates data protection at a sectorial level. A U.S. federal data privacy law would advance a U.S.-EU adequacy decision under the GDPR, but such a law appears difficult to pass.

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