The growing differences on data privacy between the U.S. and Europe are turning the subject into a highly politicized matter that is impacting corporations at every level, and in particular the office of the general counsel. Whether you consider former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a hero, a traitor, a patriot or a whistleblower, he has permanently changed the information privacy landscape. His revelations have opened the public’s eyes to one of the hottest topics in the information privacy landscape: data seizure.

For the growing number of companies that do business in both jurisdictions, legal departments need to help their companies devise an approach that will comply with the very different rules they impose. In order for a company to stay current, two main concepts need to be proactively addressed: data seizure and policy management.

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