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When Abroad, Look Both Ways before Crossing the Street

I have the good fortune to be able to travel abroad occasionally for work and pleasure. In my travels, I’ve learned that borders matter. Each country has its own customs, laws and regulations. Some are obvious. For example, do people drive on the left side of the road or the right? However, many differences are not visible. The latter is certainly true when it comes to understanding the legal and compliance environment for data privacy, retention and eDiscovery. As organizations globalize, it is increasingly important that they have this knowledge.

Such a task, however, should not be daunting. There are resources that provide some basic, straightforward answers on international legal issues at no cost. For example, Symantec now has on its website various materials that organizations can use to strengthen their overall information governance strategy, particularly in the areas of information retention, data privacy and eDiscovery. We started with Europe. Our website includes a series of eDiscovery Passports™ that touch on the basic issues underlying disclosure and data priv... in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. These resources can provide valuable information to organizations and better prepare them for the challenges of addressing legal matters across international boundaries.

In addition to research, Symantec also supports organizations with effective technology tools that can facilitate compliance with legal and regulatory standards. For example, Symantec Enterprise Vault helps organizations address a complex patchwork of information retention requirements. By efficiently storing only that data that must be kept for business, legal and regulatory purposes, Enterprise Vault can significantly reduce storage expenses, together with the legal risks and costs associated with data hoarding. And for those companies who would like such functionality in the cloud over an on-premise solution, Symantec Enterprise Vault.cloud can help meet those needs.

Symantec Data Loss Prevention can help safeguard both confidential business data as well as employee personal information. By meeting both the security needs of the company and privacy regulations, Data Loss Prevention can help organizations in their efforts to bridge the sometimes overwhelming chasm of European data protection laws. What is more, Symantec’s Clearwell eDiscovery Platform offers advanced search and analytics tools to help organizations respond to data requests in a timely fashion.

With Symantec, organizations have a trusted business partner to help them work freely in a connected world. Happy travels, and when abroad, be sure to look both ways before crossing the street. I look forward to your comments on our eDiscovery passports.