International privacy laws still pose challenges for the discovery process

Legal departments need to be aware of their obligations

The discovery process can be cumbersome and expensive regardless of where it takes place, but international laws protecting sensitive information can make the process even more complicated. Especially in the European Union, where a cultural mindset that has protected the private affairs of citizens have been stringently enforced for the better part of a century, collecting information for litigation presents unique challenges that legal departments should be aware of.

Alvin F. Lindsay of Hogan Lovells LLP and an expert in technology and litigation says that within the EU, “Data privacy is usually taken very, very seriously. In fact, after World War II, the European Commission found that the right to privacy in one’s correspondence is a ‘fundamental human right.’”

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Chris DiMarco

Chris DiMarco, Executive Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, has a background in multimedia production with previous involvement in projects in which he developed and created content...

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