Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 2 October 2018

Proceedings brought by Ministerio Fiscal

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Audiencia Provincial de Tarragona

Reference for a preliminary ruling — Electronic communications — Processing of personal data — Directive 2002/58/EC — Articles 1 and 3 — Scope — Confidentiality of electronic communications — Protection — Article 5 and Article 15(1) — Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union — Articles 7 and 8 — Data processed in connection with the provision of electronic communications services — Access of national authorities to the data for the purposes of an investigation — Threshold of seriousness of an offence capable of justifying access to the data

Case C-207/16


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
16/11/2018 Ministerio Fiscal
Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2018:788
02/10/2018 Ministerio Fiscal
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2018:788
02/10/2018 Ministerio Fiscal
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2018:300
03/05/2018 Ministerio Fiscal
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Application (OJ)
24/06/2016 Ministerio Fiscal
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Subject-matter

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Systematic classification scheme

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Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 7 : paragraphs 1, 25, 26, 44, 46, 48 - 51, 58, 63
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 8 : paragraphs 1, 25, 26, 46, 48 - 51, 58, 63
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 51 -P1 : paragraphs 24, 29
  • Directive 95/46 : paragraphs 24, 31
  • Directive 95/46 -A02LB : paragraphs 3, 38
  • Directive 95/46 -A03 : paragraph 4
  • Directive 95/46 -A03P2T1 : paragraphs 29, 30, 32
  • Directive 2002/58 : paragraphs 24, 26, 46
  • Directive 2002/58 -A01 : paragraph 6
  • Directive 2002/58 -A01P1 : paragraphs 31, 41
  • Directive 2002/58 -A01P2 : paragraph 31
  • Directive 2002/58 -A01P3 : paragraphs 29, 30, 32, 34, 37, 39
  • Directive 2002/58 -A02 : paragraph 7
  • Directive 2002/58 -A02L1 : paragraph 38
  • Directive 2002/58 -A02L2LB : paragraphs 41, 42
  • Directive 2002/58 -A03 : paragraphs 8, 33, 35, 41
  • Directive 2002/58 -A05 : paragraph 9
  • Directive 2002/58 -A05P1 : paragraph 36
  • Directive 2002/58 -A06 : paragraph 10
  • Directive 2002/58 -A15P1 : paragraphs 1, 11, 34, 35, 48, 49, 63
  • Directive 2002/58 -A15P1SNT1 : paragraphs 52, 53, 62
  • Directive 2002/58 -C2 : paragraph 5
  • Directive 2002/58 -C11 : paragraph 5
  • Directive 2002/58 -C15 : paragraphs 5, 42
  • Directive 2002/58 -C21 : paragraphs 5, 36
  • Directive 2006/24 : paragraph 24
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -293/12 : paragraphs 24, 26, 50
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -203/15 : paragraph 27
  • 62015CU0001 -N124 : paragraph 51
  • 62015CU0001 -N126 : paragraph 51
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -207/16 : paragraphs 41, 49, 51
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -25/17 -N31 : paragraph 45
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -25/17 -N38 : paragraph 32

Operative part

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Opinion

  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 7 : points 1, 3, 25, 27, 37, 38, 43, 44, 63, 65 - 68, 70, 72, 74, 76 - 78, 81, 91, 102, 103, 115, 118, 121, 122
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 8 : points 1, 3, 25, 27, 37, 38, 43, 44, 63, 65, 70, 72, 74, 77, 78, 81, 91, 102, 103, 115, 118, 121, 122
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 51 -P1 : points 43, 44
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 52 -P1 : points 1, 91, 115, 122
  • TFEU - Protocol No 3 -A23 : point 29
  • TFEU, Article 83 -P1 : point 112
  • TFEU, Article 83 -P2 : point 95
  • TFEU, Article 267 : point 62
  • TEU, Article 6 -P1 : point 9
  • TEU, Article 6 -P2 : point 9
  • Directive 95/46 : points 44, 47, 58, 59, 63
  • Directive 95/46 -A02LA : point 35
  • Directive 95/46 -A03P2T1 : point 45
  • Directive 95/46 -A08 : point 75
  • Directive 95/46 -A13P1 : point 9
  • Directive 2002/21 -A02LC : point 53
  • Directive 2002/58 : points 6, 44, 51, 57 - 59, 64, 118
  • Directive 2002/58 -A01 : point 7
  • Directive 2002/58 -A01P1 : points 54, 59
  • Directive 2002/58 -A01P2 : point 59
  • Directive 2002/58 -A01P3 : points 45, 47
  • Directive 2002/58 -A02 : points 8, 35
  • Directive 2002/58 -A02L2LA : point 50
  • Directive 2002/58 -A02L2LB : point 51
  • Directive 2002/58 -A02L2LC : point 50
  • Directive 2002/58 -A02L2LD : point 50
  • Directive 2002/58 -A02L2LG : point 53
  • Directive 2002/58 -A03 : point 54
  • Directive 2002/58 -A05 : points 9, 54
  • Directive 2002/58 -A06 : points 9, 51
  • Directive 2002/58 -A08P1 : point 9
  • Directive 2002/58 -A08P2 : point 9
  • Directive 2002/58 -A08P3 : point 9
  • Directive 2002/58 -A08P4 : point 9
  • Directive 2002/58 -A09 : point 9
  • Directive 2002/58 -A12 : point 55
  • Directive 2002/58 -A15P1 : points 9, 40, 65, 71, 77, 81, 87 - 91, 99 - 101, 107, 114 - 116, 122
  • Directive 2002/58 -A15P3 : point 54
  • Directive 2002/58 -C2 : points 54, 63
  • Directive 2002/58 -C3 : point 56
  • Directive 2002/58 -C4 : point 59
  • Directive 2002/58 -C7 : point 54
  • Directive 2002/58 -C10 : point 59
  • Directive 2002/58 -C11 : points 45, 54, 56, 115
  • Directive 2002/58 -C12 : point 55
  • Directive 2002/58 -C15 : point 55
  • Directive 2002/58 -C21 : point 54
  • Directive 2002/58 -C24 : point 56
  • Directive 2002/58 -C25 : point 76
  • Directive 2002/58 -C26 : point 53
  • Directive 2002/58 -C27 : point 53
  • Directive 2002/58 -C29 : point 53
  • Directive 2006/24 : points 1, 10, 27, 59, 64, 80, 81
  • Directive 2006/24 -A01P1 : points 71, 94
  • Directive 2006/24 -A03 : point 40
  • Directive 2006/24 -A04 : point 40
  • Directive 2006/24 -A05P1LAPT1PT2 : point 40
  • Directive 2006/24 -C7 : point 27
  • Directive 2006/24 -C9 : point 71
  • Directive 2006/24 -C21 : points 71, 94
  • Directive 2011/92 -A03 : point 112
  • Directive 2016/681 -A03PT9 : point 116
  • Directive 2017/541 -A04 : point 112
  • Directive 2017/541 -A15P3 : point 112
  • Commission - COM Document (Other than Draft Legislation) - 51990DC0314 : point 76
  • Commission - COM Document (Other than Draft Legislation) - 52016DC0448 -PT2.1.4.1 : point 98
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -317/04 -N56 : point 47
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -317/04 -N57 : point 47
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -317/04 -N58 : point 47
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -317/04 -N59 : point 47
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -275/06 -N29 : point 55
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -275/06 -N30 : point 55
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -275/06 -N31 : point 55
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -275/06 -N45 : points 40, 55
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -301/06 -N88 : point 47
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -301/06 -N91 : point 47
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -92/09 -N59 : point 56
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -347/09 -N31 : point 95
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -348/09 -N21 : point 99
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -348/09 -N22 : point 99
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -348/09 -N23 : point 99
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -461/10 -N37 : point 40
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -329/11 -N33 : point 95
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -291/12 -N26 : point 35
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -293/12 : point 1
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -582/14 -N86 : point 45
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -582/14 -N87 : point 45
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -582/14 -N88 : point 45
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -582/14 -N89 : point 45
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -582/14 -N90 : point 45
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -582/14 -N91 : point 45
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -582/14 -N92 : point 45
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -62/14 -N24 : point 62
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -62/14 -N25 : point 62
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -203/15 -N1 : point 46
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -203/15 -N214 : point 97
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -203/15 -N88 : point 46
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -203/15 -N89 : point 46
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -203/15 -N90 : point 46
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -203/15 -N91 : point 46
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -203/15 -N92 : point 46
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -203/15 -N93 : point 46
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -203/15 -N94 : point 46
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -203/15 -N95 : point 46
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -203/15 -N96 : point 46
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -203/15 -N97 : point 46
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -203/15 : point 1
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -218/15 -N14 : point 43
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -395/15 -N63 : point 43
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -536/15 -N33 : point 55
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -682/15 -N49 : point 43
  • Court of Justice - Opinion 1/15 : point 84
  • Court of Justice - Opinion 1/15 -N124 : points 68, 76
  • Court of Justice - Opinion 1/15 -N126 : point 77
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -103/16 -N34 : point 62
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -434/16 -N33 : point 35
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -185/17 -N28 : point 73


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 14/04/2016

Date of the Opinion

  • 03/05/2018

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

02/10/2018


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Judgment: OJ C 436 from 03.12.2018, p.2

Application: OJ C 251 from 11.07.2016, p.7

Name of the parties

Ministerio Fiscal

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Skubic, Zoran: Komunikacijska zasebnost pri pregonu lažjih kaznivih dejanj, Pravna praksa 2018 nº 43 p.29-30 (SL)
  2. Michel, Valérie: Protection des données, Europe 2018 Décembre Comm. nº 12 p.12 (FR)
  3. Caiola, Antonio: À la recherche de la juste pondération entre ingérence dans la vie privée et nécessité de lutte contre la criminalité, Revue des affaires européennes 2018 N°4 p.719-728 (FR)
  4. Van de Heyning, C.: Overzicht van rechtspraak - Het bewaren en gebruik van telecommunicatie gegevens in het strafrechtelijk onderzoek: de hoogste hoven in dialoog, Tijdschrift voor Strafrecht 2019 nº 1 p.38-47 (NL)
  5. Tracol, Xavier: Ministerio Fiscal: Access of public authorities to personal data retained by providers of electronic communications services, European Data Protection Law Review 2019 Vol.5 N°1 p.127-135 (EN)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Audiencia provincial de Tarragona - Spain

Subject-matter

  • Fundamental rights
  • - Charter of Fundamental Rights
  • Approximation of laws
  • Telecommunications
  • Data protection

Provisions of national law referred to

Ley Orgánica 10/1995, de 23 de noviembre, del Código Penal, de 23 de noviembre, del Código Penal (BOE núm. 281 de 24 de Noviembre de 1995), artículo 13.1

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

grande chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

von Danwitz

Advocate General

Saugmandsgaard Øe

Language(s) of the Case

  • Spanish

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • French