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CMS Guide sheds light on Europe’s data privacy laws and current practice


Data privacy is one of the key legal issues of the internet age. Social media, electronic communications and data transfer are blurring the boundaries between public and private, business and personal information. For companies, data privacy is now an increasingly important factor in key stakeholder relationships – with employees and employee organisations, regulators, existing and potential customers and recruits.

The CMS Guide to Data Privacy provides a comprehensive overview of data privacy laws in 22 countries across Europe, including Russia. It addresses key aspects of employer and employee rights and responsibilities in this vital area of labour law.

While common principles underpin many of the laws in European jurisdictions, significant differences remain, especially in the development and application of labour laws. The CMS Guide to Data Privacy sheds light on data privacy issues around company relationships with employees.

Key questions addressed in the Guide include: What laws govern employees’ private use of the internet and company e-mails at work? What information can an employer collect and use during the recruitment process – from the individual and from social media? How is the use of social media regulated? How does data protection law apply to data transfers between group companies?

The jurisdictions covered are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

The Guide had been published by the CMS Employment and Pensions Practice Area Group, which comprises over 250 lawyers with specific expertise and experience in employment and pensions law, including data privacy.

To access the e-guide please follow this link: http://eguides.cmslegal.com/dataprivacy (you can register for free to access the full version of the CMS Guide to Data Privacy).

Katja van Kranenburg – Hanspians was the editor of this Guide.

For more information please contact our Data Protection & Privacy team.


Portrait of Katja Kranenburg - Hanspians
Katja van Kranenburg - Hanspians
Stephanie Dekker