Global Employee Privacy and Data Security Law, Second Edition

An essential guide for privacy and human resources professionals and attorneys, this resource covers workplace privacy and data security laws around the globe. Key topics explored include background checks, monitoring, use of government-issued identifiers, security breach notification requirements, and more.

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In today’s global market, employers share and move vast amounts of information as they centralize human resources processes to achieve greater efficiency and cost cutting. Over 65 countries now have their own data protection laws regulating the collection, use, transfer, and disclosure of personal information. The complex and sometimes conflicting obligations imposed by these different laws have made compliance a struggle for employers operating on a global scale, and for the attorneys advising them.

Employers who fail to satisfactorily address workplace privacy and data security issues can find themselves precluded from legally sharing information with affiliated entities, subjected to fines and scrutiny by data protection regulators, and becoming the object of negative publicity. However, Global Employee Privacy and Data Security Law helps employers find a solution to the balancing act of complying with the myriad of international data protection laws while still running a business cost-effectively.

Important topics covered in Global Employee Privacy and Data Security Law, Second Edition include:

  • Background Checks and Investigations. When employers expand operations into different countries, background checks and investigations likely will be the first topic they encounter. This treatise covers the regulations in countries throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
  • Monitoring and Surveillance. Restrictions on electronic monitoring in the workplace are complex, and this treatise explores the tension between what is possible and what is permitted.
  • Use of Government Identifiers and Social Security Numbers. Government-issued identification numbers are a hot topic, particularly in the United States where restrictions on the use of Social Security numbers are expanding.
  • Security Breach Notification Requirements. A growing number of countries are adopting security breach notification laws. This treatise explains which notification obligations may be triggered by a breach of employees’ personal information.
  • Data Security. Taking appropriate steps with employees to safeguard personal information is essential for every organization, and this treatise helps employers ensure compliance. 

This book is designed to be used with Morrison & Foerster’s “Privacy Library,” a free resource available at that provides links to privacy laws, regulations, reports, multilateral agreements, and government offices for virtually every country in the world with data protection rules and regulations.


Bloomberg BNA authors and editors are practicing professionals with insider perspectives and real-life experience. Learn more about this book’s authors and editors.

Miriam H. Wugmeister is a partner in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster and is head of the Firm’s Privacy and Data Security Practice Group.

Christine E. Lyon is a partner in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster and is head of the Firm’s Privacy and Data Security Practice Group.


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Read what others have to say about this Bloomberg BNA book.

"Global Employee Privacy and Data Security Law, Second Edition is comprehensive and practical, an essential desk reference for lawyers dealing with U.S. and international employee privacy and data security issues. It’s the next best thing to having outside employment privacy counsel sitting across the desk from you. Wugmeister and Lyon have created a quintessential guide for those seeking succinct analysis in an easy-to-read and solution-oriented format."

Vincent Serpico

Chief Privacy Counsel, Bank of America

"…a good overview of the global privacy and data security laws that a company must be prepared to comply with when it goes global. The material provides an excellent starting point for those who want to become well versed in U.S. and international laws regarding privacy and data security."


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