What is an EU Representative and what do they do?

Under Article 27 of the GDPR, some non-EU companies are required to appoint an EU Representative established in the EU. The function of the EU Representative include the following:

  1. To serve as the point of contact for enquiries from the Data Protection Authority and individuals in the EU about the company’s data processing activities
  2. Maintain records of the company’s data processing activities

Do all non-EU companies require a EU representative? The flowchart shows if your company will be legally required to appoint an EU Representative, a DPO, or neither. If the data processing activities of the company is occasional, does not include large scale processing of special categories of data and is unlikely to pose a risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals, the company will be exempt from the requirement to appoint an EU Representative.

Do all non-EU companies require an EU representative?

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The flowchart shows if your company will be legally required to appoint an EU Representative, a DPO, or neither.
If the data processing activities of the company is occasional, does not include large scale processing of special categories of data and is unlikely to pose a risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals, the company will be exempt from the requirement to appoint an EU Representative.

How do I appoint an EU Representative?

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If your company is required to appoint one, we have qualified and experienced EU Representatives who can handle communications in English, Japanese and German.

Simply get in touch, and we will walk you through the processes that will help us best represent your company which include the following:

  1. Setting up and publishing a secure channel for contact
  2. Evaluate current data processing activities
  3. Create and or optimise required documentation of your processing activities