This book analyzes the privacy and data protection laws, usages, and trends of 68 countries on all continents.

With the globalization of the economy, businesses are reaching greater, broader, and more diverse markets in foreign countries in order to increase their revenues. Their websites reach clients and prospects throughout the world anytime, any day, anywhere. To achieve a global presence, companies hire foreign contractors to develop or manufacture products, provide support services, and much more. The foreign subsidiaries routinely send employee information to the company’s headoffice where a central database maintains salary and other employee information for all personnel worldwide. Millions of personal data are collected, used, processed or moved accross borders.

An increasing number of foreign laws are attempting to protect personal data, and preserve and strengthen human rights and fundamental freedoms. These laws are relevant to global companies. Negotiating a deal, corresponding with clients, exchanging contact information for the delivery of a shipment usually entails thecollection, transfer, use, or storage of personal information.

Companies must remember and take into account the different cultures, history, political regime, and different laws when exchanging the personal information of their employees, clients, or contacts with entities located in foreign countries. We also cannot expect a service provider in the Philippines, or a distributor in Italy or Argentina to act in the way we act, to have priorities that are similar to ours. We cannot expect them to treat – or be required to treat – personal information in the same way as we do.

The great discrepancies between the treatments of personal or private information throughout the world make global companies vulnerable to violating foreign data protection laws for lack of awareness of their duties and obligations. The Global Privacy and Security Law book attempts to clarify and explain some of the privacy and security requirements by taking the reader to a journey around the world. It offers a survey of the legal environment related to privacy and security. Its goal is to increase the reader’s awareness of the substantial discrepancies and differences between the legal regimes throughout the world. It hopes to help privacy professionals understand some of the multiple facets of the protection of personal data in corporate and commercial transactions.


The Author

Francoise Gilbert

focuses her practice on U.S. and global data privacy and security in a wide variety of markets, including, among others, cloud computing, big data, connected devices, intelligent vehicles, artificial intelligence, robots and other emerging technologies. Her clients include public or multinational entities, cloud service providers, data analytics companies, connected device developers, publishers, Internet stores, insurance companies, manufacturers, service providers, trade associations, non-profit organizations, software developers, and others. With more than 30 years of experience addressing cutting edge domestic and international…

Global Coverage
This book analyzes the privacy and data protection laws, usages, and trends of 88 countries on all continents.

Data Protection

Doing business in Europe is especially complex due to the unique political and legal structure of the region.

  • Many Facets of Europe
  • European Union Data Directives
  • Transferring Personal Data outside of the EU

and the Middle East

Africa and the Middle East view data protection as an important element to attract foreign business. The privacy landscape is rapidly evolving in this region.

  • Dubai
  • Israel
  • South Africa
  • Tunisia

Privacy Framework

The APEC or Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation is an economic forum for a group of Pacific Rim countries to discuss matters of regional economy, cooperation, trade, and investment.

  • The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
  • APEC Privacy Framework
  • Asia, Oceania, Pacific

The Americas

Influenced by the European directives and other major drivers, American nations have adopted a variety of data protection regimes.

  • US sectoral laws
  • Habeas data in Central and South America
  • EU influence in Argentina, Canada, Uruguay
What they say about us

“Francoise Gilbert has done a great service to the field of privacy by comprehensively gathering, organizing, and interpreting the many privacy laws around the world. Global Privacy and Security Law will serve as an invaluable resource for anyone struggling with the complexities of this field.”

Trevor Hughes, Executive Director, International Association of Privacy Professionals(IAPP)

“Global Privacy and Security Law merits a wide berth on the shelf of any informational assets’ based library. These volumes contain a breadth of information across the many relevant geographies where data is regulated as well as the varied nuances in the various protection schema. Any data protection professional seeking to find solutions in an evolving practice can use this tool as a handy compass to navigate the journey to information protection.”

Michelle Finneran Dennedy, Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer, McAffee, Inc.

“This is an incredibly comprehensive and effective treatment of one of the emerging and complex fields of law that affects all areas of commerce and government. It is an invaluable contribution and resource for anyone affected by the continuingly expansive regulation of privacy and personal data security worldwide.”

Raymond T. Nimmer, Dean and Leonard Childs Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center

“This two volume set is well written, incisive, and well documented. It is a must have for any serious privacy practitioner. “

Don Cohn, Corporate Counsel and Global Privacy Lead (Retired) E.I du Pont de Nemours and Company