CJEU - Joined cases C 468/10 and C 469/10 / Judgment Asociación Nacional de Establecimientos Financieros de Crédito (ASNEF), Federación de Comercio Electrónico y Marketing Directo (FECEMD) v Administración del Estado

Key facts of the case:
  1. These references for a preliminary ruling concern the interpretation of Article 7(f) of Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (OJ 1995 L 281, p. 31). 
  2. The references have been made in two sets of proceedings between, on the one hand, Asociación Nacional de Establecimientos Financieros de Crédito (National Association of Credit Institutions) (‘ASNEF’), in the first case, and Federación de Comercio Electrónico y Marketing Directo (Federation of Electronic Commerce and Direct Marketing) (‘FECEMD’), in the second case, and, on the other, the Administración del Estado.
Results (sanctions) and key consequences of the case:
  1. Article 7(f) of Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data must be interpreted as precluding national rules which, in the absence of the data subject’s consent, and in order to allow such processing of that data subject’s personal data as is necessary to pursue a legitimate interest of the data controller or of the third party or parties to whom those data are disclosed, require not only that the fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject be respected, but also that the data should appear in public sources, thereby excluding, in a categorical and generalised way, any processing of data not appearing in such sources.
  2. Article 7(f) of Directive 95/46 has direct effect.
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