[ddj] ECHR ruling on data publication and its impact on datajournalism

Bauer Michael michael.bauer at derstandard.at
Tue Jul 28 11:04:18 UTC 2015


I’m a bit more relaxed about this. I do think the ECHR is correct in stressing the right to privacy. However, in most journalism cases you _do_ want to publish stories and data (with journalistic context) that is of public interest. This to me seems quite different to the case.


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Subject: [ddj] ECHR ruling on data publication and its impact on datajournalism

Dear all,

I just stumbled upon a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights from last week that seems to say that non-journalists cannot publish public data on individuals in bulk.

Here's the ruling: http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/eng?i=001-156272

Here's my layman analysis: http://blog.nkb.fr/satamedia/

It seems to me that it could have tremendous impact on European datajournos e.g by preventing us to publish databases of the indictments of German politicians or a list of the properties owned by the richest Greeks.

Anyone has a lawyer available to see what the impact could be?

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