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The truth about Data Protection & Privacy rules and regulations

06 March 2014

​Allen & Overy and outsourcing service provider Schuberg Philis have published a practical whitepaper on data protection and privacy rules and regulations (PRISM, Patriot Act and the Dutch Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (Wbp)).

The whitepaper provides governments and companies in the Netherlands valuable insights on how to mitigate the risk of violation of the many (sometimes conflicting) laws, as well as how to minimise the loss of trust by consumers and citizens.

Herald Jongen, lawyer and partner at Allen & Overy commented: “Revelations of people like Edward Snowden make it seem that privacy has become less important than national security, at least in some countries. However, this dilemma has always existed, in all countries, and there are more persistent misconceptions in the discussions surrounding this topic. For instance, it is incorrect that the ‘Patriot Act’, or better yet, the US intelligence and safety regulations are not applicable to Dutch companies. Under certain conditions, they are. Similarly, it is wrong to think that ‘the cloud’ brings a whole new set of privacy risks. With all these misconceptions and the substantial risks involved, there clearly is a need for clarity on the facts, which this whitepaper does.”

Read the Press Release here

Read the Whitepaper here ​​