International: ECtHR issues judgment on indefinite retention of personal data
The European Court of Human Rights ('ECtHR') issued, on 13 February 2020, its judgment ('the Judgment') in the case Gaughran v. the United Kingdom. In particular, the Judgment concerns an individual's complaint on the indefinite retention of his personal data, namely his DNA profile, fingerprints, and photograph, in relation to a conviction for driving with excess alcohol. In addition, the Judgment states that his personal data had been retained indefinitely without consideration of the seriousness of the offence, the need for indefinite retention, and without any possibility of review. Moreover, the Judgment outlines that the retention of the complainant's data had failed to strike a fair balance between the competing public and private interests. Finally, the Judgment highlights that the retention constituted a violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
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