In this debate, the author of a book chapter entitled “The Internet and the Global Reach of EU Law, written by Prof Christopher Kuner of the VUB, examines the influence that EU law has over the Internet and parties outside the EU’s territorial boundaries that use and are affected by the Internet, with a particular focus on data protection.
The author shows that the EU tends to assert itself as a global regulatory power consciously and deliberately with regard to the Internet. This means that the EU seeks to have its own legal standards adopted by third countries and at the international level, and asserts its regulatory authority towards activities in third countries that affect its interests and those of individuals within its borders.
Finally, EU law has had significant influence on the Internet, but the Internet has also influenced the development of EU law.
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