Data Protection Regimes Ranked
DATA PROTECTION—EUJanuary 27, 2012
Data Guidance's Data Privacy Index calculates a risk score for each country based on the severity of its data protection laws, Information Age reports. A high score correlates to a high chance of breaking the rules and being punished. Spain is at the top of the list, with a ranked score of 4.5 based on "a number of high-level fines seen for noncompliance with data protection legislation" in the country, the report states. Germany ranked second for its strict rules around marketing data. The UK was ranked twenty-first near countries such as Romania, Latvia, Ireland and Sweden.