European Data Protection Digest

Commissioner Says Nature Organisation Breached Act


January 13, 2012

Malta's data protection commissioner has responded to a complaint from the Federation for Hunting & Conservation (FKNK) claiming that Birdlife Malta breached the Data Protection and Privacy Act when it filmed an incident involving FKNK representatives without their permission and after being asked to stop, reports The Malta Independent. While FKNK says the commissioner warned BirdLife Malta not to film individuals without their consent unless allowed under the act, Birdlife Malta says the commissioner ruled the organisation was "acting in the public interest when publishing the video concerned but that individuals ought not to be identifiable in such material." Birdlife Malta says the decision refers to one incident only, in which a video was released prior to the sentencing of the individual.
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