Developments in data protection law

In addition to the goal of harmonising data protection, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), directly applicable in the EU since 25 May 2018, is to serve to introduce a standard of data protection in the EU that meets state-of-the-art requirements of the internet age. As an EEA Member State, Liechtenstein adopted the GDPR in July 2018. In this connection the Liechtenstein Data Protection Act was revised and entered into force on 1 January 2019. The Swiss Data Protection Act is currently also being revised, and generally reflects the main thrust of the GDPR. It is not anticipated to be enacted until 2020.