Understanding personal data

The cross-border transfer of personal data is a complex and evolving area

In Europe, the commencement in May 2018 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ushered in a new era of control and transparency for the greater benefit of data subjects but with that comes a regulatory and compliance impost on the collectors of personal data.

In Australia, the introduction in February 2018 of the Notifiable Data Breach scheme has some important ramifications for offshoring and outsourcing.

In this group of topics, therefore, we highlight key issues in the current regulatory landscape affecting cross-border transfers of personal data, starting with a consideration of what is meant by the term “personal data”.