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<strong>Bloomington, Ind. &mdash; Oct. 20</strong><br />At a workshop co-sponsored by Indiana University&#39;s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, government and business leaders will convene in Brussels on Wednesday, Oct. 22, to discuss the interaction between European Union data protection laws and American e-discovery rules.<br /><br />Indiana Law distinguished professor and Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research director Fred Cate will be one of the principal participants.<br /><br />The workshop will enable data protection authorities, representatives of the European Commission and the European Data Protection Supervisor and American academics, attorneys and company representatives to have an open discussion about the issues between European Union data protection laws and American discovery rules.<br /><br />”The U.S. system for civil discovery, especially in light of the 2006 amendments concerning discovery of electronic records, poses a number of issues under European Union data protection law,” Cate said. “This workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for government and business leaders to explore those issues in an informal, off-the-record setting.”<br /><br />The concepts of discovery and data protection can often conflict. Whereas data protection law is designed to protect data, the legal process of discovery is aimed at finding evidence that could fall under data protection laws.<br /><br />This can prove especially tricky for international businesses, where a company&#39;s data could be stored outside the boundaries of the United States. A foreign business with offices or subsidiaries in the United States can find itself in a legal dilemma in the event of litigation. Does the company protect its data under the European Union data protection laws, or does it comply with the American discovery process?<br /><br />Wednesday&#39;s workshop, which is being co-sponsored by the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP, will give representatives on both sides of the issues &mdash; and the Atlantic Ocean &mdash; the chance to work toward harmonizing EU data protection laws with American discovery procedures.<br />

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