Cross-border data protection: Applicable law and territorial powers of national data protection supervisors

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An analysis of 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; a ruling that potentially increases compliance costs for entities operating across multiple European jurisdictions pending the introduction of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number95
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2016


  • data protection

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