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Editorial: Binding corporate rules to the rescue

The world is in turmoil. Populist politics prime over responsible politics. Bullish regimes are becoming more and more bullish. ‘No deal’ situations are regarded as acceptable and uncertainty is the new normal. The same appears to apply to the world of international data flows. Data globalisation is a natural consequence of our uber-connected digital lives, but the ways in which legal frameworks are trying to address this issue are causing unprecedented anxiety. Widely used tools to protect data across borders are coming under fire from many angles. Some legislators are determined to challenge the adequacy of the laws of every other jurisdiction, while privacy activists are bypassing regulators to seek protection from the courts. But yet, our data continues to flow irrespective of legal barriers and politically charged actions. Is there a way to avoid a data transfers Armageddon?

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