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Transborder Data Flows and Data Privacy Law [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Kuner
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Over 70 countries and various international organizations have adopted data protection and privacy laws that regulate the cross-border transfer of personal data outside their borders. In an era of globalization and the Internet, these restrictions have immense implications for citizens, companies, and governments. This work, written by a renowned expert on data protection law, examines the history, policies, and future of transborder data flow regulation.

Kuner traces the history of regulation in different regions, beginning with the earliest European laws in the 1970s, through to leading regional and international instruments of the EU, OECD, Council of Europe, APEC, and other bodies. He also considers regulation developed by the private sector, such as contractual clauses and binding corporate rules. The work then analyses policies underlying such regulation and the legal issues involved, including human rights law, public international law,
and EU law.

Presenting a global analysis of this important subject, Kuner also discusses the future development of transborder data flow regulation, and gives policy recommendations.

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... an important book for any with an interest, academic or professional , in data protection and information privacy, and particularly in transborder data flows. ... Perhaps most important will be Kruner's proposed framework for international data transfer collaboration and governance. As an experienced practitioner and academic thought-leader , his opinion carries considerable gravitas, and he has articulated his vision and solution clearly and concisely. His view cannot be ignored and, on the contrary, forms an excellent spring-board for an international framework for data transfer governance. Hopefully global DPAs will give due consideration to Kuner's proposals, and these could form a basis, or at least a catalyst, for some form of harmonization. (Arye Schreiber, The Cambridge Law Journal)

Transborder Data Flows and Data Privacy Law is a must-have item not only in any privacy lawyer's library but also on his or her desk. As one might expect from Kuner's background, his book is as useful and practical as it is deep and thought-provoking ... it will no doubt constitute one of the building blocks for a new legal edifice being designed and erected these very days, a regulatory model for a technologically borderless world. (Omer Tene, The Centre for Internet and Society)

Without doubt this study will be one of the starting points for any student or professional researcher of data privacy and will be well appreciated for its detail and referenced documentation by anyone genuinely interested in the subject. Despite the resonance it has for all kinds of professionals, students and researchers of data privacy, those working within the legal tradition will find it easier to handle. (Monika Zalnieriute, Computer Law & Security Review)

His contribution to the global debate is, in any case, rich and stimulating, at times thought provoking, well documented and worth reading. (Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor, from the Foreword)

The book clearly points out the implications of increasingly globalized data transfers, depicts in an apt and informative way international, supranational and national approaches, and convincingly analyses regulatory policies. Both the extensive information and the meticulous discussion of the essential elements of international rules constitute an indeed remarkable research. (Professor Spiros Simitis, University of Frankfurt)

About the Author

Dr. Christopher Kuner is Senior Of Counsel in the Brussels office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for European Legal Studies, University of Cambridge, where he also teaches. He is Chairman of the Task Force on Privacy and Data Protection of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and participates in the work of international organizations such as the OECD, the Council of Europe, and UNCITRAL. Dr. Kuner is author of the book European Data Protection Law: Corporate Compliance and Regulation and is editor-in-chief of the journal International Data Privacy Law (both published by Oxford University Press).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7816 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (9 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Broad but useful 29 Aug. 2013
By Michael Jacobs VINE VOICE
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This is a very broad book in its geographical reach, covering a variety of jurisdictions. It really is transborder. This is very useful in certain situations, but this book should not be mistaken for (nor does it claim to be) something which allows you to pick a country and find out all about the data protection law within that country alone. What this does offer is a practical resource which can be consulted in a variety of transactional or contentious situations so that a sensible/workable approach to data protection can be considered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for lawyers and policymakers 12 Feb. 2014
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Christopher Kuner’s latest book is a must-have item not only in any privacy lawyer’s library but also on his or her desk.

As one might expect from Kuner’s background, the book is as useful and practical as it is deep and thought-provoking. It recognizes that as much as data protection is considered to be a field of market regulation, it also impacts fundamental, indeed philosophical, dilemmas in human rights law, globalization and our response to the shape-shifting chimera of the Internet. It is a foray into private international law, where Kuner explores the challenges and practical intricacies of national regulation in a globalized environment. As Peter Hustinx writes in the book’s foreword, it is “an inconvenient truth that national borders still play a key role in legal regulations, although data flows may cross those same borders a million times every second.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Must-Read 17 Jan. 2014
By Paula Kift - Published on
Christopher Kuner’s fascinating work on transborder data flows and data privacy law is an absolute must-read for anybody interested in the challenges of data protection, internet regulation, and legal pluralism in the twenty-first century more generally. The book is organized into eight well-structured and easily accessible chapters: Background and Introduction; International Regulation of Transborder Data Flows; Typology of Regulatory Approaches; National, Private Sector, and Technological Approaches; Analysis of Underlying Policies; Applicable Law, Extraterritoriality, and Transborder Data Flows; Compliance and Enforcement; A Global Regulatory Framework for Transborder Data Flows; as well as a comprehensive appendix of data protection and privacy law instruments currently regulating transborder data flows around the world. Since the book was only published in 2013, it is one of the most up-to-date scholarly assessments of the current state and possible future of the increasingly important issue of global transborder data flow regulation. The book is equally useful for data protection professionals as well as novices in the field. Christopher Kuner writes in a clear and comprehensible manner that makes the book not only an interesting but also thoroughly enjoyable read. I cannot overstate of how much use his illuminating work has been to my studies and personal interest in the field.
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