Does GDPR apply to US companies?
GDPR primarily applies to organizations that collect or process the personal data of individuals located in the EU, regardless of where the company itself is based. However, there are certain scenarios where GDPR may apply to US companies:
- Offering goods or services to EU residents: If a US company offers goods or services to individuals in the EU by collecting or processing their personal data.
- Monitoring the behavior of EU residents: If a US company monitors the behavior of individuals in the EU through tracking or profiling by collecting or processing their personal data.
It’s important to note that even if GDPR applies to a US company, it doesn’t mean the company needs to have a physical presence in the EU. Compliance can be achieved by implementing appropriate measures and safeguards, particularly the cross-border data transfer rules, to protect the personal data of EU residents.