EU Data Protection Group Issues Release on Non-member Web Sites

The EU Data Protection Working Group has issued a working document on determining the international application of EU data protection law to personal data processing on the Internet by non-EU based web sites.

The document points out that the EU, the US, and other jurisdictions apply similar laws in an extra-territorial manner, though it acknowledges that global enforcement is a challenge. It also concludes that the user's local law should apply to the question of under what conditions personal data may be collected through the use of cookies. The working group also issued reports on workplace surveillance, privacy standardization, and unique identifiers in telecommunications terminal equipment.

MMR 2002, Heft 7, XXI