Sharing Protected Personal Data Within a Multinational Group: Navigating the European Issues

May 24, 2013

Multinational corporations increasingly have a need to share their data throughout their group. Often this will be necessary to service international clients or to coordinate marketing efforts. Sometimes international data sharing will be necessary simply to implement a cost-effective centralised IT function. However, to do so often results in the group having to navigate the data protection or privacy laws of those countries in which they operate. A prominent example of an issue that arises is the European data protection restriction on transferring protected “personal data” outside of Europe – the rules require that the data is “adequately” (in a very strict sense) protected.

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