Support Centre

You have out of 5 free articles left for the month

Signup for a trial to access unlimited content.

Start Trial

Continue reading on DataGuidance with:

Free Member

Limited Articles

Create an account to continue accessing select articles, resources, and guidance notes.

Free Trial

Unlimited Access

Start your free trial to access unlimited articles, resources, guidance notes, and workspaces.

Denmark: Datatilsynet finds processing activities in connection to remote electricity meter readings in line with GDPR

On May 17, 2023, the Danish data protection authority (Datatilsynet) announced its decision in which it found Radius Elnet A/S's processing of personal data to be in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and national data protection rules, following complaints from individuals.

Background to the decision

The complaints against Radius, a company that operates distribution networks for electricity in Denmark, concerned its processing of personal data, whereby it collected personal data about the complainants' electricity consumption in kilowatt hour (kWh) on an hourly basis via remotely read electricity meters, and then reported the information to the energy company, Energinet.

Findings of the Datatilsynet

Notably, the Datatilsynet found that Radius' processing activities were in accordance with the GDPR, specifically noting that:

  • Radius' processing of personal data for the purpose of billing and ensuring the security of supply, as well as sufficient quality and capacity in the electricity network, was necessary to comply with a legal obligation under the Electricity Supply Act, in line with Article 6(1)(c) of the GDPR;
  • Article 25(1) of the GDPR does not apply to the processing activity in question since the activity was initiated before May 25, 2018 (when the GDPR came into effect), and Article 25(1) does not entail a requirement for older systems to be redesigned if, for example, sufficient organizational security solutions already exist; and
  • there was no basis for concluding that Radius' processing activities on the basis of its legal obligation were in breach of the principle of proportionality under Article 5(1)(c) of the GDPR.


Ultimately, the Datatilsynet found that Radius had not breached the aforementioned article of the GDPR, finding no violations of the same. 

You can read the press release here and the decision here, both only available in Danish.