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EU Data Chief Leaves Behind Global Privacy Legacy (1)

Aug. 21, 2019, 12:41 PMUpdated: Aug. 21, 2019, 5:20 PM

Giovanni Buttarelli, who was instrumental in shaping the General Data Protection Regulation and the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, has died at age 62, his office announced Aug. 21.

Buttarelli served as the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), whose office helps keep EU governmental bodies and institutions in line with the GDPR and other privacy laws. He also was a leading figure in developing the Privacy Shield, which underpins $260 billion in EU-U.S. cross border data transfers. The Privacy Shield’s third annual review occurs this fall.

He also recently signed onto a joint multinational regulator statement on the governments’ privacy expectations for...

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