April 3, 2003

Global Privacy Law Update

Arnold & Porter Advisory

As data processing technology develops rapidly, so too does the law to protect individuals' private information. Internationally, countries have passed increasingly stringent privacy protection laws to foster trust among the public, as well as to maintain compliance with other countries' legal regimes. While the goal of most of these laws is to protect information and obtain consent for its use and disclosure, requirements can vary significantly among the different nations, as well as within each country's subdivisions. With enforcement of privacy law on the rise as well, it becomes important for transnational businesses to understand and make reasonable efforts to comply with each country's laws. The Update provides a brief primer on a number of the recent privacy law developments around the globe.

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