Should our team members in other countries be able to legally access our employee data in the U.S.?
Our General Manager usually works in China. He has different offices around the world including one in the U.S. reporting to him. He wants to access all employees' data remotely, but of course, he's busy and needs his China team (basically the HR manager and personnel on the China team) to access the data on behalf of him to get the right info he requires. The U.S. HR thinks it may be illegal to do it this way since the China team and U.S. team are registered as different companies even though they all work as one team. The only person that should have access is the GM himself.
Is this correct? Is there a law or regulation clearly explaining this? How can the GM manage the branch offices if there is no help from his local team?