GDPR: non-EU companies ahead of EU counterparts

Author: Olly Jackson | Published: 3 Dec 2018

Non-EU companies are ahead of EU companies when it comes to complaince with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to sources speaking to IFLR.

The extraterritorial impact of the regulation means that companies that offer goods or services to EU citizens or monitor the behaviour of EU citizens will be subject to the regulation regardless of where they are based. The distinction between a firm compliant with GDPR and one that is not, isn’t always easy to find.   

In spite of fears that non-EU firms would either not realise they must comply or be unable to do so, many of these companies are actually ahead of their European counterparts.

"Many non-EU companies, particularly verticals and finance companies, are ahead of other companies based in the EU," said David Kemp, executive director of legal policy at Micro Focus. "This is mostly due to these companies satisfying strict national law."...