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-DATA PROTECTION & PRIVACY- A New Handy Guide to Global DPAs

DLA Piper has attacked the problem of surveying the world's data protection laws and regulations with a handy online and interactive guidebook for which they've released version 2.0. It begins with a map of the world, with countries colored to indicate the strength of their privacy laws and then you have tabbed options for turning the page to see a specific country's law, regulator contact information and then specifics on how a country regulates anything from infosecurity to breaches to electronic marketing. It's also possible to set two countries side by side and compare the way they regulate date protection. They offer a mobile interface, or you can download all of the information in a readable PDF. "People are saying, 'You're crazy to give away this kind of information,'" said DLA Piper Partner Patrick Van Eecke. "But our strategy is that we can give away this kind of information because we want to get into more complex legal situations like developing strategies for data protection." There are 65 different jurisdictions covered in the tool. As a living, breathing online organism, it will require almost constant updates so as not to become quickly outdated.


Global Hiring Levels In its latest international survey, leading global search and selection specialist, Antal International, has found that employment markets at managerial and professional level around the world are stabilising. The ‘Global Snapshot’ project asked more than 10,500 businesses in major markets in 40 key countries around the world whether they were currently hiring or firing at managerial and professional level and if they were planning on doing so in the next three months. The results show that average hiring levels across the globe have dropped slightly as 51% of companies are currently planning to take on staff. This is a reduction of 3% from the June 2013 edition of the Snapshot, but represents an increase of 5% year-on-year. This is expected to remain fairly consistent in the next quarter. The number of companies letting go of staff stands at 16%, a reduction of 3% since June 2013 and in line with figures from January 2013 where the same score was recorded. “At the very least these results indicate increased stability within the market,” said Antal Chairman, Tony Goodwin. “It will be interesting to see how this develops in the next quarter, but for now the signs are promising.”

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