By the ESOMAR Professional Standards team
While the dust of GDPR is still settling, we can already see new privacy and data protection laws popping up everywhere. California has enacted a new far-reaching privacy law and the EU is moving ahead with new legislation that will determine whether you can continue using cookies for audience measurement. Countries like Brazil, Kenya and India are enacting GDPR-inspired privacy laws and data protection fines are breaking new records. Apart from data protection laws, ESOMAR also monitors regulations on publishing opinion polls around the world.
By Jan Willem Knibbe
There is no denying that data, and personal data even more, holds huge value. It is power that drives the internet, and some there is a whole ecosystem of companies trading in personal data. This has inevitable lead to the question, who owns these the data?
By Kim Smouter-Umans
In a lot of countries, the months of July and August are synonymous with so-called Government recesses. Similar to schools, Governments go on a break and the task of legislation is put on pause as legislators run to find the nearest beaches for some rest and relaxation.
The GDPR is around the corner, and with it come the new requirements. Likely one the most disrupting features of the new law is the requirement to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO). This is a new role created to advise organisations on their handling of personal data and acts as the primary contact person for the data protection authorities. While a DPO is not mandatory for every organisation, the regulators encourage organisations to appoint a DPO on a voluntary basis.