Man takes court challenge over retention of church data
A man has launched High Court proceedings over what he claims is the Data Protection Commission’s failure to complete an investigation of a complaint he made over the Catholic Church’s refusal to destroy records it has about him.
In 2018 he wrote to the Bishop of Ossory requesting that all personal data it holds about him, including his baptismal records, be deleted or destroyed in accordance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.
The Bishop refused to delete or destroy Mr Meany’s personal data and maintained that the Catholic Church was entitled to possess the records on the grounds that it is of “historical and archival” significance.
The man claims the Roman Catholic Church continues to possess incorrect information about him, namely that he is a practising Catholic when he is not, is in breach of GDPR.
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