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Data protection, the police and journalism

In this month’s issue of IRIS Newsletter 2019/4 (Legal Observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory), we have reported about a case in which the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has clarified the possibilities for the processing of personal data for journalistic purposes. The CJEU was requested by the Latvian Supreme Court to deliver a preliminary ruling on the question of whether Mr Buivids, who had posted a video on the Internet showing public officials of the Latvian national police force without their consent, could rely on the data protection exemption for journalistic purposes. The CJEU stated that in order to take account of the importance of the right to freedom of expression in every democratic society, it is necessary to interpret notions relating to that freedom, such as journalism, broadly. The concept of journalism does not only apply to media undertakings, but also to every person engaged in journalism. The condition is that it must appear that “the sole purpose of the recording and publication of the video was the disclosure to the public of information, opinions or ideas” (link)

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