The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). The GDPR applies not only to EU data subjects but also to non-EU data subjects in certain circumstances.
Applying to US Websites
The GDPR applies to the processing of personal data of EU data subjects by organizations established outside of the EU, including US websites. This means that if a US-based website processes the personal data of individuals located within the EU, it must still comply with the GDPR.
For example, if a US-based e-commerce website processes the personal data of customers located in the EU, it must comply with the GDPR, even though the United States does not have a similar data protection framework.
Applying to US Organizations
The GDPR also applies to US organizations if they offer goods or services to individuals within the EU or if they monitor the behavior of individuals within the EU. For example, if a US-based company operates an online store that sells products to individuals within the EU, it must comply with the GDPR when processing the personal data of its EU customers.
In conclusion, the GDPR applies to US websites and US organizations that process the personal data of EU data subjects or offer goods or services to individuals within the EU or monitor their behavior. Regardless of location, all organizations processing the personal data of EU data subjects must comply with the GDPR to ensure the protection of individuals’ personal data.