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The Conciliation Of Transparency Measures with the Processing of Possibly Sensitive Data by the Administration According to the French Administrative Judge

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The publication, on the French Ministry of Economy and Finance's website, of a Civil servant's appointment order whose legal basis lies on a decree concerning the access of disabled persons to state functions constitutes processing of data by automated means according to the Council of State. However, in judges' view, such processing cannot be seen as processing data "concerning health" pursuant to Article 9 of the GDPR. In this case, the plaintiff is a civil servant who has been appointed as Inspector of Finance according to a decree concerning the access of disabled persons to state functions. As provided by French Law, the appointment order – containing the legal basis of the nomination - was published on the Ministry of Economy and Finance’s website. The claimant considered that the publication infringed his right to privacy and did not comply with the GDPR. In this decision, and contrary to what the Court of Appeal claimed, the Council of State concludes that the publication of the appointment order on the administration’s website constitutes processing of data by automated means and is thus subject to the GDPR. However, since the appointment order does not reveal the nature of the disability, nor its seriousness, the Conseil d’Etat considers that it does not constitute processing of data concerning health. Such a decision seems to acknowledge a restrictive view of what constitutes “sensitive” data, which would not be in line with ECJ case law. Eventually, the Judges asked the administration to delete the mention of the decree in the appointment order as the appointment decision’s period of appeal was over. Maintaining this information online was no longer necessary to achieve the purpose of the processing according to the French Administrative Judge.

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hal-04299614 , version 1 (22-11-2023)

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Alexandre Lodie. The Conciliation Of Transparency Measures with the Processing of Possibly Sensitive Data by the Administration According to the French Administrative Judge. European Review of Digital Administration & Law, In press, 3 (2), pp.233-239. ⟨10.53136/979122180798120⟩. ⟨hal-04299614⟩
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