We’ve found a very useful map of Data Protection Laws and Privacy Laws around the world created by David Banisar. There are over 100 countries with data protection laws. It was updated in 2014 so it is reasonably up-to-date. It is useful in giving you the big picture, but it is not completely accurate. For example, South Africa is shown as having an adequate data protection law, but actually POPI has not yet commenced. It also does not tell you the details about the laws of each country.

It is important to know what the laws are of other countries so that you can check whether you can lawfully transfer personal information to that country.

We have written the South African chapter for a book on Global Privacy and Security Laws. This book gives detailed information about whether the laws of a specific country provide adequate protection.

We can also tell you whether a particular country has laws that provide an adequate protection to personal information.