Neither EU nor Member States’ legislators or courts have to date found satisfying answers to the legal challenges of transnational violations of personality rights, such as reputation or privacy, in cyberspace. These challenges involve in particular the interpretation of EU private
international law rules governing jurisdiction. Due to the Internet's ubiquitous character, applying the ECJ's Shevill doctrine from 1995 to transnational violations of personality rights in cyberspace would lead to limitless jurisdiction, thereby causing the risk of severe chilling
effects on online publications. If behaving in a prudent and precautionary manner, website operators would have to adjust to the standards of the most restrictive jurisdiction. In its decision eDate Advertising and Martinez v MGN (Cases C-509/09 and C-161/10), the CJEU amended
the Shevill doctrine by establishing a ‘centre of interests’ criterion. The article will argue that although the introduction of the ‘centre of interests’ test is to be appreciated, it is insufficient to merely amend Shevill; rather, the ‘centre
of interests’ criterion should replace the existing Shevill ‘mosaic principle’.