Volume 8, Edition 5, May 2012


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Frequently, multi-national corporations that are not “established” in EEA, being the 27 EU Member States plus Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland process the personal data of EU residents. Generally, in which circumstances are these foreign corporations required to comply with European Data Protection Law under Directive 95/46/EC (the “Data Protection Directive”)?

1. The corporation contracts with data controllers, based in the EEA.

2. The corporation contracts with data processors, based in the EEA

3. The corporation acts as a data controller, and uses servers or other equipment to process personal data located in aEEA Member State.

4. The corporation acts as a data controller and makes its goods/services available to EEA residents".


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