Brave New (Virtual) World

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Authored by Jenny Colgate and Caitlin Wilmot for ICLG Data Protection 2022

Partner Jenny Colgate and associate Caitlin Wilmot published a chapter titled "Brave New (Virtual) World" in the International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection 2022, published by Global Legal Group Ltd. 

As the pace of technology far exceeds the speed of regulation, it is clear that there are more questions than answers when it comes to the legal framework for the metaverse. While there are many legal issues at play, concerns about privacy and data security are at the forefront of the discussion, especially as we continue to navigate and grapple with this critical area in the physical world. The importance of protecting personal data cannot be understated and before plugging into the lawless expanse of the metaverse, consumers and legal professionals alike should consider and explore exactly what and how much personal data is at stake, and the real-world risks of living in a virtual world.

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