Irish Circuit Court finds Courts Service breached data protection law

This week the Irish Circuit Court upheld a decision of the Data Protection Commissioner which found that the Courts Service breached the Data Protection Acts when it inadvertently uploaded a copy of a judgment naming a party whose identity was protected by Court Order.

In reaching this conclusion the Court considered the Wirtschaftsakademie and Jehovan todistajat decisions of the CJEU and found that the Courts Service was a data controller. The decision dismissed the idea that the original judge was the sole data controller but left open the possibility that in certain circumstances the judiciary and the Courts Service could be joint controllers.

You can read a copy of the judgment below or download it here.


FP Logue acted for the data subject in this case.