Published: March 2024Click To View (PDF)

In recent years government access to private data has become a challenge for enterprises doing business in multiple jurisdictions. Compliance is increasingly complex, as numerous judicial, legislative, regulatory, national and multilateral decisions have created distinct requirements for companies when data is requested by public authorities. This complexity is compounded by jurisprudence and regulatory enforcement, which have found enough fault in the existing privacy and data protection safeguards for government access to privately held data to put a stop to cross-border data transfers.

This infographic aims to highlight some important instruments related to law enforcement and government access to private data, particularly in the EU. It is important to keep in mind this is a nonexhaustive list, and there are many national and sectoral laws and regional judicial decisions regarding government access to data that could subject companies to requirements not contained in this infographic.