27.07.2015

ECHR: Freedom of expression (publishing taxation information) vs. tax-payers’ right to privacy

ECHR 21.07.2015,no. 931/13 -  Satakunnan Markkinapörssi Oy and Satamedia Oy v. Finland
[...] Relying in particular on Article 10 (freedom of expression), the applicant companies complained
about the ban on them processing taxation data, alleging that it had amounted to censorship as well
as discrimination vis-à-vis other newspapers which were able to continue publishing such
information. Also relying on Article 6 § 1 (right to a fair hearing within a reasonable time), the
companies complained about the excessive length – six years and six months – of the related
administrative proceedings.
No violation of Article 10; Violation of Article 6 § 1
Source: ECHR Press release; see also CJEU Case C‑73/07
Out-law.com: Journalists can be prevented from publishing information otherwise publicly available that breaches individuals' right to privacy, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled.