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Classifying IP addresses as personal data

Classifying IP addresses as personal data
Published on: 13 June 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Classifying IP addresses as personal data
  • Original news
  • What is the background to the case?
  • When does an IP address qualify as personal data in the Opinion of the AG?
  • Under what circumstances is the collection of an IP address justified?
  • Is the AG Opinion surprising?
  • What has been the assumed position in relation to IP addresses in the UK until now?
  • What did the AG say in relation to data processing by Germany? Could this also have implications for the UK?
  • If the Opinion is followed by the CJEU, what practical implications could the decision have? What would change?
  • What should lawyers advising in this area take note of? Is there anything they should advise their clients to do now in anticipation of the CJEU’s decision?

Article summary

IP & IT analysis: What elements permit an IP address to be classed as personal data? Monika Kuschewsky, special counsel in Covington’s global data privacy and cybersecurity practice, explores the Advocate General (AG) Opinion in Breyer, on classing IP addresses as personal data. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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