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Local Privacy Laws Not Ready for Prime Time: Enterprises that process or store the personal information of EU citizens will also need to heed EU member states' local privacy laws. GDPR has also allowed local data protection authorities to individually interpret some aspects of the law and add requirements. However, a lot of local privacy laws are not yet set in stone. “There are still member states lagging behind and working behind where they’re supposed to have prepared for, so for once we can say it’s not just organizations who are behind, it’s also the member states,” said Bird & Bird partner Gabriel Voisin.

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but sometimes it’s hard to tell imitation from sheer coincidence. Earlier this month, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission released a series of recommendations echoing several core tenants of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Australia isn’t the only world player doing a GDPR cover. Back in November, Canada passed the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act offering similar privacy protections to those featured in the European Union. California’s forthcoming California Consumer Privacy Act will even bring a taste of those principles stateside.

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Frank Ready

Frank Ready is a reporter on the tech desk at ALM Media. He can be reached at fready@alm.com.

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