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EU: Jehovah's witnesses do not stand over the GDPR

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Marion Kimberlin
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Broadcast from the Jehovah's witnesses must first get people's consent before they may register their personal data.

The religious organization, which is known for the followers door-to-door preaching, must comply with EU data protection law, without exception, will beat the EUROPEAN court of justice held in a judgment on Tuesday.

the Background is a case in Finland from 2013, where the state prohibited the association from collecting the data during their home visits.

the Jehovah's witnesses appealed this decision with the rationale that its supporters, the sermon should be seen as a private, religious activity, and that taking notes during the visit is of a private nature and should therefore be excluded GDPR.

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a Finnish court turned to the EUROPEAN court of justice for guidance where on Tuesday stated that religious activity cannot be classified as "private".

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