States Can't Bar Use Of Private Data: EU High Court

Law360, New York (November 28, 2011, 7:43 PM EST) -- The European Court of Justice on Thursday ruled that European Union law precludes member countries from adopting data protection laws that bar credit institutions, data collectors and others from processing personal data that isn't already publicly available.

The ruling came as part of a case challenging a Spanish law, first passed in 1999, that bars organizations from processing or sharing personal data that is not already publicly available without permission from the individual.

The Court of Justice's opinion answers a question submitted by the Supreme Court...
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