Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2016] All ER (D) 51 (Nov)
Court: Court of Justice of the European Union (Second Chamber)

Judges Ilesic (President of the Chamber), Prechal, Rosas (Rapporteur), Toader and Jarasiunas

Judgment Dates: 19 October 2016


European Union - Intellectual property rights - Personal data - German national legislation permitting online media services providers to collect and use personal data of user only to extent necessary to facilitate and charge for use of those media - Meaning of 'personal data' for purposes of EU law - Whether EU law precluding national legislation at issue - , arts 2(a), 7(f).

The Case

European Union Intellectual property rights. The Court of Justice of the European Union gave a preliminary ruling, deciding, among other things, that, of Directive (EC) 95-46 had to be interpreted as meaning that a dynamic IP address registered by an online media services provider when a person accessed a website that the provider made accessible to the public constituted personal data within the meaning of that provision, in relation to that provider, where the latter had the legal means which enabled it to identify the data subject with additional data which the internet service provider had about that person.

Practice Areas

If you are a LexisLibrary subscriber you can read more about this case here.