European Data Protection Digest

Court Orders Independent Investigation of Union’s Site

PRIVACY LAW—UK

February 3, 2012

Out-Law.com reports that a trade union has been ordered to let an independent expert examine its computer database to identify anonymous users who harassed an airline pilot. The High Court said the expert will not reveal any information uncovered during the investigation that is not relevant, despite Unite's claims that the search would violate its members' privacy. The High Court's ruling noted that the trade union's website warns users that it reserves the right "to disclose their true identities and other information, if requested by a third party, albeit subject to their rights of privacy and of data protection." Unite argues the data stored is sensitive and must be given special protection under the law.
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