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Global Data Privacy Deal Struck
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NET RESULTS: The world has taken a significant step towards greater data protection with the signing of a new international deal

THE WORLD took a significant step towards better protection for personal data privacy last week – with some direct involvement from Ireland.

At an annual gathering of data protection officials in Madrid, attended by more than 50 countries and 100 representatives and – significantly – some of the biggest corporate data gatherers including Google and Facebook, experts signed off on a draft agreement for basic international data protections.

The agreement would allow data processing within and across borders only after permission – “free, unambiguous and informed consent” – is obtained from the “data subject” (eg the person whose data is involved) and should be held only as long as it is needed for the specific purpose for which it was gathered. Data may also only move across international borders to jurisdictions that afford, “as a minimum, the level of protection provided for” in the agreement.  For more . . .