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On 10 July 2018, the EU Court of Justice rendered a judgement in a case relating to the data processing activities of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Community. The Court of Justice was asked by the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland whether a religious community such as Jehovah’s Witnesses could be regarded as a “joint data controller” with respect to the collection of personal data by its members, even if the Community itself did not have access to the data collected by the members and did not give strict instructions relating to the processing hereof.
Most people involved in the life sciences or healthcare sector are aware, or at least have heard of, the “Sunshine Act”. European countries have started to adopt similar legislation, starting with France after the Mediator scandal. When comparing the Luxembourg system to the Belgian or Dutch registers, it appears that there are some differences. Read about it in this Life Sciences Bit.