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Most countries are conducting surveillance and espionage to protect their national security - while at the same time opposing surveillance and espionage by other countries. But, there have been changes since details regarding the US NSA program were leaked in 2013: Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and a few other European jurisdictions have updated their surveillance, data residency and retention laws in the interest of increased national security. The US has also enacted additional privacy protections and gradually scaled back their surveillance programs.

Our Global Surveillance Law Comparison Guide provides overview heat maps and detailed questions and answers for 39 jurisdictions worldwide as companies around the world continue to address complex laws and data access requests required for compliance. It includes jurisdictional information on:

  • Surveillance for an Economic Purpose
  • Data Subject Notifications
  • Right to Court Review
  • Publicized Cases
  • Challenge to Orders
  • Liability for Disclosure

Companies around the world are confronted with questions on how to comply with different jurisdictions’ laws and data access requests. Users and providers of cloud services, Software-as-a-Service and other services have to factor in government surveillance and data access practices of different countries into their business and location plans. With our surveillance law survey and heat map, we intend to contribute a global overview with broad jurisdictional scope to the discussion and corporate planning processes.