[Foundation-l] Request for your input: biographies of living people

John at Darkstar vacuum at jeb.no
Wed Mar 4 09:52:23 UTC 2009

In Norway its covered in "Lov om behandling av personopplysninger
(personopplysningsloven)" §7; Forholdet til ytringsfriheten (Relation to
freedom of speech) [http://www.lovdata.no/all/tl-20000414-031-001.html#7]

It is an exception for "kunstneriske, litterære eller journalistiske,
herunder opinionsdannende, ..." or artistic, litterary and journalistic,
including opinion building purposes.


Lars Aronsson skrev:
> Tomasz Ganicz wrote:
>> least in Poland at some legal risk. In Poland there is a law 
>> that a person can always ask for removing his/her personal data 
>> from any electronic database (except govermental ones).
> There is a similar law in Sweden (Personuppgiftslagen, PUL), but 
> it has an exception for the freedom of the press and similar 
> journalistic purposes ("det journalistiska undantaget"), and this 
> exception is always referred to for websites similar to Wikipedia.
> The Norwegian law apparently has a similar exception, that also 
> covers opinion pieces (opinionsdannende). The Danish law 
> apparently refers directly to article 10 (freedom of expression) 
> of the European Convention on Human Rights.
> What you could do is to ask Polish journalists how they operate 
> newspaper websites under this law, and how they (as guardians of 
> the freedom of the press) would react if the Polish Wikipedia was 
> censored in this way.  Perhaps they should write a newspaper 
> article about how this musical artist tries to hide her real age.
> This doesn't necessarily bring an answer to the question, but 
> establishing a good link with journalists is always useful.

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