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I'm not a citizen of the EU, nor do I reside in the EU. But as a consumer, I welcome GDPR. It gives me some limited rights even though I'm not in the direct interests of the regulation.

Anyway, if I understand the regulation correctly, I'm covered by it if I visit / reside in a country in the EU (even if I'm not a citizen). Does this mean I can request companies to give me a copy of all the data they have on me when I visit, for example, France on vacation?

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It would seem that only the actions which are taken while present in the EU would be covered under the GDPR for entities based outside of the EU.

This Regulation applies to the processing of personal data of data subjects who are in the Union by a controller or processor not established in the Union, where the processing activities are related to:

  • the offering of goods or services, irrespective of whether a payment of the data subject is required, to such data subjects in the Union;
  • or the monitoring of their behaviour as far as their behaviour takes place within the Union.

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There may be cases centring on what the definition of as far as their behaviour takes place within the Union is, as this would allow companies to limit how much of their activities fall under GDPR.

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