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One of the more troubling issues that globalization has inadvertently imposed on organizations is compliance with a complex set of international data protection and privacy laws. Such laws present an enigmatic and novel challenge to American companies, which enjoy fewer domestic restraints on collecting and storing the personal data of employees and consumers. The ability of organizations to solve this cross-border data protection puzzle through careful and proactive information governance could be the difference between seizing and losing business opportunities. This article discusses a variety of such laws that may affect U.S. organizations and offers some best practices for solving these conundrums.

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