A ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union has clarified how indirect disclosure of sexual orientation data is protected under Article 9 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The court explained data disclosure such as these fall within the special categories of personal data under Article 9 after consulting Article 4(15) provisions for "data concerning health." A related article by TechCrunch refers to the broader implications the ruling could have on other forms of online processing, such as dating apps, to location tracking and online advertising. Commenting in the article, independent consultant and security and privacy researcher Dr Lukasz Olejnik claims that the "inferred data is data" ruling is potentially the most significant interpretation of GDPR to date. Dr Olejnik said the judgment will "speed up the evolution of digital ad ecosystems, towards solutions where privacy is considered seriously."
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