General Data Protection Regulation / illegal content / Internet intermediaries / Legitimate interest / Personal data

The CJEU and the concept of ‘legitimate interest’: The case of Rīgas satiksme

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its awaited judgment on 4 May in the case Valsts policijas Rīgas reģiona pārvaldes Kārtības policijas pārvalde v Rīgas pašvaldības SIA ‘Rīgas satiksme’, answering two related questions: ‘(1)      Must the phrase ‘is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the … third party … Continue reading

anonymisation / big data / Personal data / Privacy / WiFI tracking

Anonymisation, pseudonymisation, WiFi tracking and the French: the JCDecaux case

The topic of ‘anonymisation’ has already been covered several times on the blog (see e.g. here, here, and here). We even have a new research paper (‘Anonymous Data v. Personal Data — A False Debate: An EU Perspective on Anonymization, Pseudonymization and Personal Data’) recently published in the Wisconsin International Law Journal on this issue  … Continue reading

Data protection / General Data Protection Regulation / ICO / Personal data / pseudonymisation / Risk-based approach / sensitive data

ICO Requests Feedback on New Data Protection Profiling Provisions

If we stopped calling it ‘profiling’ and started calling it “creating composite, digital ‘mosaics’ by singling out, linking, and inferring personal attributes”, people might say “Well, it’s about time” The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published a discussion paper seeking feedback on profiling provisions under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The deadline … Continue reading

Access to data / Consumer law / content data / content regulation / Data protection / Personal data

Data Protection Concerns raised by Proposed EU Directive on Contracts for Supply of Digital Content

It may not be ‘all about the money’, but there is some ‘price tag’ often associated with what we do online…. And that’s our data! Updates on the incoming GDPR and the potential implications of the new E-Privacy Regulation dominate EU privacy and data protection discourse currently. Yet, there is another further (and potentially overlapping) … Continue reading

Access to data / Data protection / General Data Protection Regulation / Law enforcement / Legitimate interest / Personal data / sensitive data

CJEU Advocate General Opines on the ‘Legitimate Interest’ Concept

But how exactly does EU law achieve the weighing of competing legitimate interests and rights in a data protection law context? I’ve previously written (here) about the concept of legitimate interest under data protection law and how it has captured the attention of data protection agencies, as well as the EU institutions in informing the … Continue reading

anonymisation / consent / Data protection / Data retention / Personal data / Risk-based approach

CJEU in Breyer: Dynamic IP addresses will (very?) often be personal data and German Law is too restrictive! Okay but how shall we care about voluntary and systematic retention of logs?

  And here is delivered by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) another landmark judgment: C‑582/14 Breyer v Bundesrepublik Deutschland concerning the proper characterisation of IP addresses and the compatibility of German national law with Article 7(f) of the Data Protection Directive (DPD). The judgement is not available in English yet, but … Continue reading

anonymisation / big data / Data protection / General Data Protection Regulation / ICO / Personal data / Privacy / pseudonymisation / research / Risk-based approach / sensitive data

The First-Tier Tribunal and the anonymisation of clinical trial data: a reasoned expression of Englishness…. which would have to be abandoned with the GDPR?

The Queen Mary University of London v (1) The Information Commissioner and (2) Alem Matthees, EA/2015/0269 case decided by the First-Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) (FTT(IR)) on 12 August 2016 is a fascinating decision. [Could it be a stylish expression of Englishness…. or otherness?] The case-facts concern a freedom of information request for clinical trial patient data … Continue reading