Court rules against Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) after 33 Catalan pro-referendum judges are identified in a newspaper

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup, Vilaweb

Photo: The double page spread identifying the judges in La Razón (Credit: Vilaweb)

By Vilaweb Staff Writers
From 11th June 2018

The Spanish Court has convicted the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) for not investigating the publication of personal data and photographs of thirty-three Catalan judges who signed a manifesto in favor of the right to decide, in the newspaper La Razón, in 2014. The article, entitled ‘The conspiracy of the 33 sovereign judges’, caused great controversy at the time and kicked off a judicial process because the information was presumed to have come from a police report.

The judges presented a corresponding complaint to the Spanish Agency for Data Protection. However, the organization dismissed it, arguing that it was unable to identify the person responsible for the leak. Then, the judges appealed against this decision to the Spanish Court, who ruled in their favour, and against the AEPD, ordering them to investigate the events, pay the costs of the judicial procedure.

Against this ruling, the AEPD has a term of thirty days to file an appeal.

You can read the 11 page sentence [in Spanish] here: https://issuu.com/claraardevolmallol/docs/sent_ncia_juny_2018

Original Link: https://www.vilaweb.cat/noticies/condemnen-lagencia-espanyola-de-proteccio-de-dades-per-lassenyalament-de-tretze-jutges-catalans-a-la-razon/

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