Location data is personal data – agrees Spanish DPA
In a landmark decision, the Spanish Courts have ruled that telecommunications providers must abide by their customers’ right to access their location data.
A Spanish customer was in dispute with Virgin telco, a telecommunications provider, over their refusal to grant access to his location data. As such, the customer filed a complaint with the AEPD, Spain’s national data protection authority. The AEPD initially sided with Virgin telco, deciding that no access should be given.
However, noyb appealed this decision, arguing that citizens should have the right to access their own location data. After considering those arguments, the AEPD reevaluated its initial position and ultimately agreed with noyb. Virgin telco did not dispute this ruling and the case was eventually presented in front of the Audiencia Nacional—who annulled the initial decision made by the AEPD. It is now up to the AEPD to cast the final verdict on this case.
Source: Location data is personal data – noyb wins appeal against Spanish DPA