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Data Protection Laws and Civil Society: Navigating the GDPR Impact (Research)

In the digital age, data protection is essential for individuals, companies and governments.

As large amounts of data are collected, processed and stored, ensuring privacy, security and fair use of information has become a challenge.

Policymakers around the world have adopted various data protection laws to safeguard individual privacy and data protection. An influential data protection regulation is the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has had profound implications for various sectors, including non-governmental organizations (CSOs) and has served as a model for data protection laws around the world.

But, what are the consequences of these laws for civil society? What challenges do regulations represent for CSOs? What are the risks of “copying and pasting” data protection regulations without considering local contexts?

We explore this in the following research from Civic Compass with the collaboration of LSE researchers.

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