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These reports describe the data protection laws of the European Union and of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. They describe the legal framework for the collection, use, and transfer of data, and examine whether existing laws are adequate to deal with online privacy in an era of rapid technological development and globalization.

Foreign Countries Report (Update)

(Dec. 2017) (PDF, 925KB)

Introduction
Australia
Canada

European Union
France
Germany
Israel
Italy
Japan
Netherlands
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom

European Union Report

(June 2012; updated May 2014) (PDF, 535KB).

Foreign Countries Report

(June 2012) (PDF, 2.48MB).

European Union
Australia
Canada
France
Germany
Israel
Italy
Japan
Netherlands
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom

 

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Last Updated: 12/30/2020