The EU Article 29 Working Party's Guidance on the "Legitimate Interest" Ground for Processing Personal Data

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When precisely is a data controller lawfully permitted to process personal data?

If a data controller does not have the consent of a data subject to process his or her data, when does the “legitimate interest” condition bite?

These are the million-dollar questions that the many EU entities (as well as those farther afield) that process data grapple with on a daily basis.

The EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) sets out six grounds on which EU data controllers can lawfully process personal data. In addition to consent, the processing being “necessary” for the performance of a contract and so on, Article 7(f ) of the Directive also lists “legitimate interests” as a basis for lawful processing of personal data.

Originally published in World Data Protection Report on June 7, 2014.

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