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When you disclose data

When you write on the internet and upload photos, the content often involves other people as well.

What you write about yourself falls under the term “personal data”. A photo with other people that you post on the internet is also personal data.

It is simply personal data that some people can see who it relates to. It may be personal data even if you do not write the person’s name.

You are subject to the law
When you disclose data about people, including when you write or upload photos, you must comply with the regulations of Danish law.
In most cases, you are subject to the Act on Processing of Personal Data. However, the Act on Processing of Personal Data does not dictate what you do with photos and data about yourself. It protects others. But it is still a good idea to be careful when it comes to what you reveal about yourself.

You may come into conflict with criminal law if you seriously offend other people.
Other rules are about copyright. These rules mean that you cannot just take other people’s photos  and disclose them. These rules are designed to address other concerns than the Act on the Processing of Personal Data. Therefore, we will not review these rules here at datatilsynet.dk.

There are also rules that grant you liberties and rights in society. The Danish constitution guarantees us freedom of speech in Denmark. The Act on Processing of Personal Data can therefore not be used to prohibit you from expressing your opinion. But freedom of speech does not grant you unlimited rights. You must still refrain from disclosing the most private and sensitive data about other persons.

Personal data

All data about a person is personal data. A photo with recognisable people that you post on the internet is also personal data. It is simply personal data that some people can see who it relates to. It may be personal data even if you do not write the person’s name.