Jonathan would like to thank Faisal Malik, principal with Knightsbridge Solutions, for contributing this month's column.

A significant data movement is taking place, one you probably haven't heard much about it. It's a quiet movement, overshadowed by security concerns, Sarbanes-Oxley buzz and other consumer compliance issues and is mired in underlying geopolitical complexities between countries and cultures attempting to reach a consensus on a single issue: how to handle the protection of personal and consumer data originating from European operations when processed by U.S. companies - regardless of their location. As understated the issue may seem, thousands of U.S. companies are probably working in some capacity to assess and revise their policies on transporting and processing of European personal data in light of the European Union Data Protection Directive.

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