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Court of Justice confirms special purposes exemption applies to ‘citizens’ journalism’ (Sergejs Buivids v Datu valsts inspekcija)

Court of Justice confirms special purposes exemption applies to ‘citizens’ journalism’ (Sergejs Buivids v Datu valsts inspekcija)
Published on: 21 February 2019
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Court of Justice confirms special purposes exemption applies to ‘citizens’ journalism’ (Sergejs Buivids v Datu valsts inspekcija)
  • What are the practical implications of this case?
  • What was the background?
  • What did the court decide?
  • Did Mr Buivids’ activities fall within scope of the Directive?
  • Did the special purposes exemption for journalism apply?
  • Case details

Article summary

Information Law analysis: On a reference from the Latvian Supreme Court, the Court of Justice has confirmed that the recording of a video of police officers in a police station, while a statement is being made, and uploading it to YouTube constitutes processing of personal data that comes within the scope of the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. It may also fall within the special purposes exemption for journalism, but, this being pre-GDPR law, only insofar as its sole object is the disclosure of information, opinions or ideas to the public. Written by Rohan Massey, partner at Ropes & Gray LLP. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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