Global Privacy and Security Enforcement Tracker

Explore key privacy issues, trends and enforcement actions for 36 countries across the world in 2018


The global section of our 2018 Privacy and Security Enforcement Tracker provides a synopsis of key privacy issues and trends in 36 countries - 18 in Europe (including the UK) and 18 in the rest of the world. The content has been compiled from contributions from our data protection experts worldwide. Also included in this year’s tracker are summaries of a number of privacy regulatory enforcement cases. 

Key findings

2018 was without question a pivotal year for Privacy – not just in the EU but globally. Almost every country reports an increase in the number of complaints, issues and breaches raised to the privacy regulator. Consumers are increasingly aware of their rights in relation to their personal data organisations of their obligations, however, privacy issues continues to hit the headlines. 


“All over Europe, privacy fines and enforcement notices are being issued in volume and at pace, with some truly startling results. We are witnessing a regulatory “shock and awe” strategy, which cannot be missed and should not be misconstrued.”

Stewart Room, Partner, Joint Global Head of Data Protection Leader, PwC United Kingdom

Explore the data

Use our tool below to explore, at a glance, the notable issues influencing and impacting data protection and privacy development and enforcement around the world, as well as key relevant local developments in data protection laws in each country covered. 

This year we’ve extended and standardised the tracker to provide more consistent content covering topics such as the contact details and powers of each country’s privacy regulator, links to the full regulatory text, and local requirements on issues such as Data Controller and Data Protection Officer (DPO) registration. 

For access to details of the enforcement actions taken in the UK in 2017 and 2018, please click here or access the full 2018 report here.

2018 Enforcement activity
PwCs Global Enforcement Tracker

Contact us

Stewart Room

Partner, Joint Global Head of Data Protection Leader, PwC United Kingdom

Jay Cline

Privacy Leader, Principal, PwC United States