The issue of data privacy and sovereignty has dominated the news over the past year, as the member states of the European Union (EU) have individually and collectively taken a more proactive stance regarding the protection of personal information following the revelations made by Edward Snowden and an accelerating trend towards digital transformation of European services and enterprises.

Some countries including France and Germany have taken a more stringent and punitive stance, while others like the UK and Ireland have maintained a 'wait and see' attitude as more inclusive and business friendly regulatory frameworks such as the Data Privacy Shield continue to be refined.

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