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This visual explainer unpacking data protection law was developed by Amber Sinha (research) and Pooja Saxena (design), and published as part of the Data Privacy Week celebrations on the Privacy International blog. Join the conversation on Twitter using #dataprivacyweek.


Cross-posted from Privacy International blog.

Credits: Flag illustrations, when not created by the authors, are from Ibrandify / Freepik.

Data protection law systems are usually seen as a dichotomy between the United State of America and the European Union This dichotomy is not an accurate representation of the issue. Today, close to a hundred countries follow the omnibus approach, while less than a dozen, including the US, use the sectoral approach. If too many laws apply to the same actor, compliance becomes difficult. As a result, the sectoral approach to data protection is becoming less relevant. Data protection regulation involve interaction between regulators and industry. To be an effective data protection regulator, an entire range of regulatory tools are required, which the regulator can use to reward, support and sanction.


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