Enhancing data protection safeguards

Despite increasing recognition of data protection and the right to privacy across the world, there is still a lack of legal and institutional frameworks, processes, and infrastructure to support the protection of data. At the same time, the increasing volume and use of personal data, together with the emergence of technologies, means that regulating its processing by is more important than ever.

Globally, around 120 countries have passed a data protection law, and 40 have initiated a related legislative process. However, even countries with data protection laws often lack effective implementation and enforcement or have not updated their legislation to address current uses (and abuses) of personal data. 

We must hold our governments to account to promote and respect the highest data protection standards. Comprehensive data protection law must be adopted and effectively enforced to regulate the processing of personal data by governments and the private sector. 

A core element of enhancing data protection safeguards is to ensure that more civil society organisations engage in the legislative process. Our experience has shown that when civil society is involved in legislative processes, the process is more inclusive, open and richer. 

With this objective in mind, Privacy International has developed a guide to support the efforts of civil society by providing a tool for analysing proposed data protection law and assessing existing legislation to identify any shortcomings, and to advocate for comprehensive, enforceable data protection laws to hold the public and private sector accountable. 

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