EU outsourcings: data security and privacy issues

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An EU outsourcing transaction often involves the cross border transfer of personal data to countries outside the EU. In this regard, the relevant EC legislation is the Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data) (Directive), and particularly its security and adequacy requirements.

This chapter focuses on current privacy considerations and compliance requirements concerning EU-originated cross-border outsourcing transactions, as well as the key developing privacy issues or trends affecting such transactions. It begins with a brief overview of the nature of outsourcing transactions and the types of personal data typically involved in such transactions. It then examines the three main concerns that arise in any cross-border outsourcing transaction...

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