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Once a global rarity, data protection laws 'becoming ubiquitous,' new research shows

The count of countries with data protection laws more than doubled to 162 over the past dozen years, a total that includes a wide majority of the world’s nations, with new research suggesting data protection rules are approaching ubiquity.

Notable gaps remain. The United States and India considered national data protection legislation last

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Mike Swift

Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent

Mike Swift is an award-winning journalist who has been at the forefront of covering data, privacy and cybersecurity regulatory news for more than a decade. As the Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent for MLex, in addition to reporting, he coordinates MLex’s worldwide coverage in the practice area. Formerly chief Internet reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and, Mike has covered Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and other tech companies and has closely tracked technology and regulatory trends in Silicon Valley. He has wide ranging expertise from the business of professional sports to computer-assisted reporting. A former John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, he is a graduate of Colby College.

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