Here’s a timely article given the Edward Snowden debacle around data leaks from the desk of Fisher & Phillips on the importance of protecting employee data; in this case for companies with international ties. Yes, the article focuses on international employee data, but the topic of general data protection needs to be on the forefront of the minds of any company that handles confidential or proprietary data whether within or beyond the U.S. borders.
When is the last time your company reviewed its data protection policies? If your company employs any international employees, it may have obligations under foreign laws to have specific safeguards in place. Failure to observe a jurisdiction’s data protection laws can result in staff penalties and unwelcome press coverage. Although the European Union is leading the way with a proposed comprehensive new data protection law, other countries from China to the United Kingdom, South Africa, Qatar, Dubai, and several Latin American countries are developing, or have already enacted, their own data protection laws, with many based on the European model.
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