Opi­ni­on 06/2014 on the noti­on of legi­ti­ma­te inte­rests of the data con­trol­ler under Arti­cle 7 of Direc­tive 95/46/EC:

This Opi­ni­on ana­ly­ses the cri­te­ria set down in Arti­cle 7 of Direc­tive 95/46/EC for making data pro­ces­sing legi­ti­ma­te. Focu­sing on the legi­ti­ma­te inte­rests of the con­trol­ler, it pro­vi­des gui­d­ance on how to app­ly Arti­cle 7(f) under the cur­rent legal frame­work and makes recom­men­da­ti­ons for future impro­ve­ments.

Arti­cle 7(f) is the last of six grounds for the law­ful pro­ces­sing of per­so­nal data. In effect it
requi­res a balan­cing of the legi­ti­ma­te inte­rests of the con­trol­ler, or any third par­ties to whom the data are dis­c­lo­sed, against the inte­rests or fun­da­men­tal rights of the data sub­ject. The out­co­me of this balan­cing test will deter­mi­ne whe­ther Arti­cle 7(f) may be reli­ed upon as a legal ground for pro­ces­sing.

Posted by David Vasella

RA Dr. David Vasella ist Rechtsanwalt bei FRORIEP. Er ist auf IT-, Datenschutz- und Immaterialgüterrecht spezialisiert und ist Lehrbeauftragter der Universität Zürich. Er ist Gründer von swissblawg.