For some background: the EU "[Data Protection Directive]" is a European Union directive which regulates the processing of personal data within the European Union, as explained in [this Wikipedia article]. Among these regulations is the rule that individuals have right for a copy of the data that has been collected about them.
The question is, what about cases such as an EU citizen who is in United States on, say, a temporary 2-year work assignment sent by their employer? Let's say that during his stay in USA he becomes a member of an international organization that stores some details about him, or creates an account at some website that gathers information about his online behavior.
- Would data collected by the EU citizen in this case also be subject to the GDPR disclosure laws?
- Would the EU citizen have to return to EU in order to be able to request a copy of his data?