Law: Act No. 80 of 7 June 2020 on the Protection of Personal Data ('the Act')
Regulator: The Faroe Islands Data Protection Authority ('the Authority')
Summary: The Faroe Islands, a self-governing nation within the Kingdom of Denmark, is not part of the EU, and is thus not directly subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) (2016/679) ('GDPR'). However, the Faroe Islands has been considered adequate for the purposes of the GDPR since 2010, making it one of a few non-EU jurisdictions to which personal data can be transferred from the EU. In addition, in 2020 the Faroe Islands enacted the Act and it entered into effect at the beginning of 2021. The Act, which shares similarities with the GDPR in terms of the principles, rights and obligations that it sets out, also established the Authority, which oversees compliance with the Act.