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Public display of court case lists – IGPPD ‘s response

The IGPPD supported the proposal of the HFHR which advocates that the type of information included on case lists should be regulated by universally applicable legislation.

In October 2012, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights addressed the Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data on the issue of entering personal data in case lists displayed in courts. The HFHR requested the IGPPD to consider bringing this problem to the attention of the Minister of Justice.

In its response the IGPPD stated that “the issue of processing personal data as part of court case lists is known to the Inspector General. The Polish data protection authority fully advocates an amendment of the currently applicable legislation that would remove any potential entitlement to place a specific type of personal data, limited for certain categories of cases, from any internal regulations […] and incorporate it into a universally applicable legislative instrument”.

The IGPPD also referred to the draft regulation amending the regulation on the rules of work of ordinary courts. The bill excludes family and guardianship cases from the category of matters whose subject-matter is to be shown on a case list. However, according to the IGPPD’s data, works on the draft regulation have been suspended.

“Considering the gravity of the reported problem the Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data expresses its full readiness to participate in any works aiming at developing proper regulations for the processing of personal data on court case lists”, reads the IPPD’s response.

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