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European court proclaimed yet another fundamental human right

You have the right to know who uses your personal data

16.Jan.23 9:04 AM
By Shawn Highstraw
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European court proclaimed yet another fundamental human right

Every European citizen has the right to know who has access to his data and to whom his personal data are transmitted. The European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.

The court considered a question from the Supreme Court of Austria on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This Privacy Act regulates the processing of personal data by private companies and public authorities throughout the European Union.

In Austria, a case of a citizen is running against Österreichische Post. He wanted to know to whom the postal company had forwarded his personal data. With the answer "marketing goals" he was not satisfied.

During the trial, the postal company stated that it had forwarded the man's data to customers. These include IT companies, mailing list providers, charities and political parties.

But that is not concrete enough, the court ruled. If a person wants to know to which companies and bodies his personal data has been transmitted, the specific names of the receiving parties must be disclosed.

Only if the request for that information is unfounded or excessive, or if it is impossible to identify the recipient, may a company use the term "for marketing purposes".

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