Hughes Hubbard & Reed is pleased to present the January 2013 edition of The Impact on US Discovery of EU Data Protection and Discovery Blocking Statutes. If you are accessing this page, you are probably aware that countries across the globe have enacted data privacy laws, and many are seeking to strengthen the protections that are already in place. In Europe in particular, there is a complex web of privacy legislation, which, along with foreign discovery “blocking statutes,” greatly restrict the transfer of data from Europe to the United States for litigation purposes. This paper focuses on Europe and is organized in two parts: an overview of the EU Data Privacy Directive and a survey of data privacy statutes across Europe.

The paper provides an overview of this complex subject and is a starting point for additional, country-specific research.