Judgment in the case of K.U. v Finland: the European Court of Human Rights requires access to communications data to identify the sender to enable effective criminal prosecution in serious violations of private life

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Pöysti, Tuomas

Tuomas Pöysti examines an important decision by the European Court of Human Rights that must include the investigation of digital evidence.
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    24 Judgment of the European Court of Justice (Grand Chamber) of 29 January 2008 in C-275/06 Productores de Música de España (Promusicae) v Telefónica de España SAU, ECR [2008] I-271.

    25 Directive 2002/58/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 July 2002 concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector (Directive on privacy and electronic communications), OJ L 201, 31.7.2002, p. 37-47. Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2001 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society, OJ L 167, 22.6.2001, p. 10-19.

    26 Judgment of the European Court of Justice in C275/06 Promusicae, paras 60 - 70.

    27 The European Court of Justice has extended this apology for abstract writing style to the EC Personal Data Directive 95/46/EC, see the judgment of the European Court of Justice of 7 May 2009 in Case C-553/07 College van burgemeester en wethouders van Rotterdam v M. E. E. Rijkeboer, not yet reported in ECR.

    28 ECHR judgment in the case of K.U. v Finland, 49 and also the ECHR judgment in the case of Stubbings and Others v the United Kingdom, 22 October 1996, § 64, Reports 1996-IV.

    33 ECHR judgments in the cases of K.U. v Finland, 42 and Airey v Ireland, judgment of 9 October 1979, Series A no. 32, § 32.

    34 ECHR judgments in the cases of X and Y v the Netherlands, judgment of 26 March 1985, Series A no 91, §§ 23-24 and 27 and M.C. v Bulgaria, n0 39272/98, § 150, ECHR 2003-XII.

    35 K.U. v Finland, 43 and 44.

    36 In Germany the principle of last resort, the Minju Wang, Translation and Introduction to the Electronic Signatures Law of China, Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review 2 (2005) 79 - 85, and Electronic Transactions Act 1998 (Singapore).

    8 Electronic Transactions Act 1999 (Cth).

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