This Update highlights some of the international data protection issues that caught our attention and the attention of our clients over the winter, including updates on European data transfers and cookie compliance, regulatory enforcement actions, and data protection laws in Canada, China, India and Saudi Arabia.

Russia’s Attack on Ukraine

Government cybersecurity agencies worldwide are urging all organizations to bolster online defenses, adopt enhanced cybersecurity postures and be prepared to respond to disruptive cyber activities. At this time, no specific and credible cyberthreats are being reported in the United States, but destructive malware, ransomware and targeting of network infrastructure devices have been reported in Ukraine. Building on increased fear of cyberattacks in the United States, the Senate rushed through new legislation to strengthen the federal government’s defenses and to mandate incident reporting by certain entities in U.S. critical infrastructure. BakerHostetler’s Digital Risk Advisory and Cybersecurity team is actively advising clients on emerging threats and associated government action related to the war in Ukraine.

Shruti Bhutani Arora, Whitney Schneider-White and Justin Yedor also contributed to the drafting of this Update.

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