Judgment of the Court (Second Chamber) of 14 February 2019

Proceedings brought by Sergejs Buivids

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Augstākā tiesa

Reference for a preliminary ruling — Processing of personal data — Directive 95/46/EC — Article 3 — Scope — Video recording of police officers carrying out procedural measures in a police station — Publication on a video website — Article 9 — Processing of personal data solely for journalistic purposes — Meaning — Freedom of expression — Protection of privacy

Case C-345/17

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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
22/03/2019 Buivids
14/02/2019 Buivids
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
27/09/2018 Buivids
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Application (OJ)
04/08/2017 Buivids
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Reports of Cases

published in the electronic Reports of Cases (Court Reports - general)


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Systematic classification scheme

4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
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04 null
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1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.04 Fundamental rights
    1.04.03 The fundamental rights Protection of personal data
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
11 null
11 null
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Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

Operative part



Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 12/06/2017

Date of the Opinion

  • 27/09/2018

Date of the hearing

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Date of delivery



Publication in the Official Journal

Judgment: OJ C 131 from 08.04.2019, p.6

Application: OJ C 277 from 21.08.2017, p.27

Name of the parties


Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Stähler, Thomas P.: Verarbeitung personenbezogener Daten - journalistische Tätigkeit - heimliche Filmaufnahmen. Europäischer Gerichtshof, Urteil vom 12.2019 - Rs. C-345/17 (Buivids), Europarecht 2019 p.459-464 (DE)
  2. Dommering, E.J.: Nederlandse jurisprudentie ; Uitspraken in burgerlijke en strafzaken 2019 nº 48/49 p.7166-7168 (NL)
  3. Gazin, Fabienne: Droits fondamentaux - Protection des données, Europe 2019, Avril nº 4, Comm. 141 (FR)
  4. Smartt, Ursula: Are bloggers and YouTubers journalists? : Buivids v Datu Valsts Inspekcija (C-345/17), Spiegel Online GmbH v Beck (C-516/17), European Intellectual Property Review 2020 p. 728-737 (EN)

Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Augstākā tiesa - Latvia


  • Data protection
  • Approximation of laws

Provisions of national law referred to

Fizisko personu datu aizsārdzības likums, 5.pants

Provisions of international law referred to

Convention européenne de sauvegarde des Droits de l'Homme et des Libertés fondamentales (04/11/1950), article 8

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

deuxième chambre (Cour)



Advocate General


Language(s) of the Case

  • Latvian

Language(s) of the Opinion

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