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Latvia / Administrative Regional Court / A420197217

A/S “Delfi” and an individual

Policy area:
Information society
Deciding Body type:
National Court/Tribunal
Deciding Body:
Administrative Regional Court
Decision date:

Key facts of the case:

The applicant applied to the court after A/S “Delfi” had posted hyperlinks that link to the articles that include applicant’s personal data about criminal proceedings in one case and the Data State Inspectorate’s (DSI) refused to open a case in order to stop Delfi from publishing the information.

Key legal question raised by the Court:

Is the refusal of the Data State Inspectorate to impose an obligation on AS "Delfi" to delete sources of information containing the applicant's personal data lawful ?

Outcome of the case:

The court stressed that the information about concrete criminal proceedings can be published since public interest is involved. If the court ruled otherwise, it would be against Section 12 of the Personal Data Protection Law. The court added that these articles do not include information about the investigation materials or other materials that would violate the principle of presumption of innocence. Such information cannot be published.