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Data Protection Leader
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Volume: 14 Issue: 9
(September 2017)

Keywords:
gdpr harmonisation data governance privacy impact assessment

Authors:
eduardo ustaran

Organisations:
hogan lovells international llp

Jurisdictions:
eu

Editorial: In defence of the new privacy experts

Let me start by saying that I don’t really like the word ‘expert.’ It has a show-offy ring to it that is slightly condescending. I prefer the word ‘specialist,’ which somehow conveys an element of geeky devotion to a subject or field. Either way, experts or specialists are there to serve a purpose – ideally, a useful one. The growth in importance of data protection that we have seen in recent years, which in Europe appears to be heading towards its climax as we approach the General Data Protection Regulation’s (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (‘GDPR’) deadline date, has created a very fertile ground for ‘privacy experts.’ They are everywhere: e-mailing you offers for their much-needed services, tweeting incessantly as if the world was about to end and popping up in every possible corner of your LinkedIn feed. The noise that the new privacy experts are making seems truly deafening and dangerously hyped.

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