Cross-Border Data Protection: Applicable Law and Territorial Powers of National Data Protection Supervisors

6 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2017

Date Written: May 2016

Abstract

This commentary analyses the European Court of Justice preliminary ruling in Case C-230/14 Weltimmo s.r.o. v Nemzeti Adatvédelmi és Információszabadság Hatóság, on the interpretation of two important aspects of Directive 95/46/EC, namely the applicable law, and territorial reach of, national data protection authorities. The Court ruled that the data protection legislation of a member state may be applied by the national data protection authority to a foreign registered company which exercises, through stable arrangements, real and effective (albeit minimal) activity in that member state. This is a ruling that potentially increases compliance costs for entities operating across multiple European jurisdictions pending the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation.

Keywords: Weltimmo, Directive 95/46/EC, Applicable Law, Territorial Reach, Establishment

Suggested Citation

McCullagh, Karen, Cross-Border Data Protection: Applicable Law and Territorial Powers of National Data Protection Supervisors (May 2016). SCRIPT-ed, A Journal of Law, Technology & Society, Volume 13, Issue 1, May 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2985694

Karen McCullagh (Contact Author)

UEA Law School ( email )

University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.uea.ac.uk/law/people/profile/k-mccullagh

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