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Big Push For Privacy In Europe’s Top Court


January 14, 2015

Last year the Court of Justice of the European Union, the highest judicial authority of the EU, rendered three important decisions that upheld privacy rights, writes Hogan Lovells attorney Eduardo Ustaran. The first invalidated a European Directive ordering the retention of communications data for law enforcement purposes. This directive had been agreed upon by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU in 2006, after years of negotiations. The second was the much-discussed right-to-be-forgotten decision that went against Google. The third ruled that a security camera installed on a homeowner’s private property was subject to the legal requirements of data protection law because the area being surveyed included some public space. “The effects of these decisions,” Ustaran says, “go beyond the pure legal technicalities of interpreting European data protection law because their consistent message is that society as a whole, in the EU and elsewhere, should be less tolerant of and more concerned about our dependence on data.”

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