Data Protection Top 10

This annual publication dives into some of the hot topics for 2024 and beyond as well as discusses the most important developments to look out for in the ever-changing world of data protection.

Is everything about to change?

With a UK general election at some point this year, a US election in November and European elections in June, a lot could change over the coming months. Obviously, in each case, it depends on who wins, but changes in the makeup of any government can significantly impact data protection. Will the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework be in safe hands if Trump wins? Or just orange hands? Also, over the last few years in Europe, we’ve had the Data Act, the Data Governance Act, the AI Act, a European Health Data Space and NIS2—an alphabet soup of new data-related laws (yet still no ePrivacy Act). Will this prolific legislative output continue? Or even increase, perhaps? And what of a prospective Labour Government? What are its plans? Is Sir Keir a ‘believer’ (in data protection)? A lot could change, and we may need to add a few more pages to next year’s publication.

But for now, back to this year. Plenty has been going on. The European Data Protection Board continues to wage its war against Adtech and cookies, and the CJEU has got busy examining many of GDPR’s finer—yet still important—points. New technology keeps throwing up new challenges, whether biometrics, automated decision-making or generative AI. We’re never short of content for this publication, and as with previous years, we could easily have produced a top fifteen or even a top twenty.

As ever, there wasn’t a lot of science applied to the order of the Top Ten, and we could have our arms twisted to reorder several of the articles. So, please read it with that in mind.

We hope you enjoy it.

Recordings and articles

To mark the launch of the 2024 edition of our annual Data Protection Top 10 publication, we hosted an in-person seminar to dive into some of the hot topics for the year ahead and beyond. Our speakers also discuss the most important developments to look out for in the ever-changing world of data protection.

The recordings from the event are available below or via our Data Protection Top 10 2024 YouTube playlist.

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Previous editions

Our annual data protection publication launched in 2015. For your ease of reference, the previous four editions are below however, should you wish to read, earlier issues then please contact us.

Data Protection Top 10 2023

Data Protection Top 10 2023

Originally published in May 2023

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Technology & Data Protection 2022

Technology & Data Protection 2022

Originally published in May 2022

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Data Protection Top 10 2021

Data Protection Top 10 2021

Originally published in May 2021

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Data Protection Top 10 2020

Data Protection Top 10 2020

Originally published in May 2020

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