New Spanish Regulation Tightens Up Data Protection Requirements

Originally published in May 2008 issue of Privacy and Data Security Law Journal

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The Spanish government has enacted a new regulation that further develops its data protection legislation by providing additional detail on the security measures required to comply with existing Spanish law. The new regulation came into force on 19 April, 2008, although currently registered businesses have one year to adapt their existing data procedures to the new security measures. While the law is aimed at implementing data security measures and clarifying data transfer issues that arise from the existing data protection legislation, its critics maintain that it merely introduces further regulatory burdens for companies.


About John Nicholson

I'm a transactional attorney who focuses on structuring and negotiating large outsourcing transactions (both on and offshore). As part of my work, I've specialized in: - Structuring and negotiating large outsourcing transactions (both on and offshore) including IT outsourcing and various BPOs (including HRO, Facilities Management, Procurement, Finance and Accounting), large systems development and implementations; - Assisting with development of RFPs, proposal evaluation, down select, and negotiation; - US and European privacy laws, including US Safe Harbor, and state privacy and data breach notification laws; and - Privacy, security, legal and contractual issues associated with cloud computing. I'm a frequent speaker on outsourcing, privacy and security issues. Before becoming a lawyer, I was the acting IT director for a mid-size company prior to hiring the CIO and project manager for the company's Oracle Financials implementation.
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