Extraterritoriality and targeting in EU data privacy law: The weak spot undermining the regulation

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Key Points
•This article aims to highlight that the conventional focus on distinguishing between territorial jurisdiction and extraterritorial jurisdiction is misguided.
•It also analyses the latest legal developments as to Article 4—which deals with the territorial scope—of the European Data Protection Directive as well as the latest version of its counterpart (Article 3) in the proposed European Data Protection Regulation.
•It will be shown that the direction the EU is taking—focussing on ‘targeting’—requires substantial refinement to avoid ending in frustration; the benefits of the ‘targeting’ test as currently articulated are largely illusory, and the severity of its downsides will no doubt become clear once we see it applied in practice in the data privacy context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-234
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Data Privacy Law
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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