Friday, February 24, 2006

Durant appeals to European Court on definition of personal data

Michael Durant is appealing to the European Court of Human Rights over the UK's definition of "personal data". A Court of Appeal ruling in 2003 limited this definition in respect of paper files, leading the European Commission to question whether the UK had properly implemented the 1995 Privacy Directive:

The Strasbourg Court has the power to order an award of compensation if it finds that Mr Durant's human rights were breached. It could decide that 'just satisfaction' is simply a change in the law; or it might decide that compensation is also appropriate if, for example, the relevant documents have since disappeared.

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