Collecting Electronic Data in the European Union: A Primer

EuroWatch
07.31.10
In this article, Matt Reinhard and Kandis Avant discuss electronic data collection in the European Union. As transnational commerce has grown, so too has transnational law enforcement. Enforcement authorities in one country now may often seek to hold companies or their employees criminally liable for actions outside national borders. In recent years, the United States especially has taken an aggressive stance regarding the extra-territorial reach of its anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and export controls laws. This growth in enforcement has triggered a corresponding increase in the number of companies choosing to conduct internal investigations of potential wrongdoing, whether in response to governmental inquiries or in an effort to prevent such inquiries.  These investigations inevitably involve the collection and review of  electronic data in the possession of individual employees.
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