The extraterritoriality of data privacy laws: An explosive issue yet to detonate

Christopher Kuner, Fred H Cate, Christopher Millard, Dan Jerker B Svantesson

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Back in 1996, Rotenberg noted that: ‘Privacy will be to the information economy of the next century what consumer protection and environmental concerns have been to the industrial society of the 20th century.’1

This prophecy has largely been fulfilled. However, one aspect of data privacy law that has yet to gain the attention it deserves is the extraterritorial scope of data privacy laws. In a world so characterized by globalization, it is highly surprising that this issue has gained so little attention. Thus, our prophecy is that the extraterritorial application of data privacy laws will emerge more clearly as one of the most significant and urgent cross-border law questions over the coming years.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-148
JournalInternational Data Privacy Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2013


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