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General Data Protection Regulation

Complying with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) means different things for different groups. For many corporations, it means revamping consent and data handling processes and bringing on new staff. For law firms, means more client work.

But there is one group still deciding how the regulation will affect them: U.S. government agencies. Since the EU regulation applies to all worldwide entities that manage or process the personal data of EU citizens, in theory, some agencies, such as the U.S. State Department or the Department of Homeland Security, can fall under its purview. In reality, however, the situation is far more complex.

“Of course the GDPR, by its terms, applies to public authorities both in the EU and outside of Europe,” said Karen Neuman, a former chief privacy officer at U.S. Department of Homeland Security who is now partner at Goodwin and member of its Privacy + Cybersecurity practice.

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Rhys Dipshan

CT-born, New York-based legal tech reporter covering everything from in-house technology disruption to privacy trends, blockchain, AI, cybersecurity, and ghosts-in-the-machine. Continually waiting for law to catch up with tech. (It's like waiting for Godot, but without the clowns)

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