Handbook on European data protection case law

What?

FRA will produce a handbook, in partnership with the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), which will present and explain European data protection law in a straightforward way for those working in this area. It is aimed at non-specialised legal professionals, national judges and legal professionals, as well as national data protection authorities (DPAs).

Why?

Data protection is a fast-moving area. For example, in 2012 the European Commission presented its reform of current EU data protection rules. Therefore, this handbook seeks to raise awareness and knowledge of data protection rules in the EU and Council of Europe Member States, by becoming the main point of reference on European data protection law and how such law is being applied in practice.

Data protection is applied in Member States by national courts and DPAs. At the same time, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the ECtHR have built up extensive data protection case law derived from the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) respectively.

How?

Together with the Council of Europe/ECtHR and the European Commission, and in consultation with the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and DPAs, FRA will prepare a handbook synthesising European and national data protection case law. The project will select extracts from key judgments and decisions delivered by the ECtHR, CJEU, higher national courts and DPAs. They will then be compiled and explained simply in the handbook. The handbook will also present key aspects of the European legal framework both at Council of Europe and European Union level.

Project Manager: 
Mario Oetheimer
Mario Oetheimer

Mario Oetheimer (PhD)

Job Title: 
Head of Sector Information Society, Privacy and Data Protection
Department: 
Freedoms & Justice
Email: 
privacy&dataprotection@fra.europa.eu
Communications Project Member: 
Inga Rudecka
Inga Rudecka

Inga Rudecka

Job Title: 
Council of the European Union Liaison Officer
Department: 
Communication
Email: 
privacy&dataprotection@fra.europa.eu