07 July 2010

EU - ECJ rules on reconciling data protection law with freedom of information law

(OUT-LAW News)
The European Commission was right to blank out the names of five people who attended a vital brewing industry meeting on data protection grounds because a beer maker had not justified its request for the names, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled. Beer company Bavaria had claimed that it had the right to see who had attended the meetings under the EU's Access To Documents provisions of EU founding document the EC Treaty. The EU's Court of First Instance (CFI) said that the attendees could be named because to do so would not breach their right to privacy, as guaranteed by the Data Protection Regulation. The ECJ has over-ruled that decision, saying that the Commission was entitled to keep the names secret under that Regulation. Commission v. Bavarian Lager