Mental Health Data Ruling

The European Court of Human Rights has held that a state owned company which retained and disclosed outdated mental health data for purposes other than for which it was collected breached an individual’s right to privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The unlawful retention and disclosure occurred in relation to an application by an individual for promotion but is a reminder for employers to ensure that they comply with Data Protection rules in relation to all employee matters.

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.