At the end of last year the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) decided in František Ryneš the issue whether the “personal or household” exclusion from data protection law applies to the use of home surveillance devices.
The court found that a person who uses closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras for the purpose of home security but at the same time also records a public sidewalk which is located outside of a private home may be governed by EU data protection law.
Max Schrems, a privacy activist and lawyer, who is already well known for his “fight against facebook”, filed a class action suit again – together with 25.000 other people - against facebooks Irish subsidiary in Vienna. Now, the court ruled that the company must respond to the privacy complaints against it.
The Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), a body which initiates and coordinates data protection authorities actions, has promoted the "Privacy Sweep 2014" initiative. On a date between May 12 and May 18, 2014, 28 data protection authorities are going to check smartphone and tablet apps, also with the aim of raising awareness among users on the need to protect privacy. It will be interesting to see what will arise out of “sweep day”.