Businesses must be aware of risks with outsourcing to other countries activities involving personal information. Over the past couple of months I’ve heard over a dozen organizations express their opinion that if they hire organizations outside the U.S. to do work for them, then those organizations are not bound by U.S. laws. Most were from small to midsized organizations and startups. But it was somewhat surprising to hear also hear this sentiment from an organization with multiple locations and thousands of employees. This has been an incorrect belief of far too many organizations for decades.
I’ve also had clients in other countries ask about the need to comply with U.S. laws, such as for HIPAA compliance, when they provide services for U.S individuals and/or businesses. Many believe they do not need to. (more…)