The Isle of Man is one of the dependencies of the British Crown (being neither part of the United Kingdom nor a colony) that enjoys full independence, except for international relations and defense which are the responsibility of the United Kingdom Government The Isle of Man should therefore be considered as a third country within the meaning of the Directive.
At the island's request, with effect from May 1993, the United Kingdom's ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (Convention No 108) was extended to the Isle of Man.