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EU: CJEU AG opines that car chassis numbers are personal data under GDPR

Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union ('CJEU'), Michal Bobek, released, on 2 September 2021, an opinion in Case C‑175/20 SIA 'SS' v. Valsts ieņēmumu dienests following a request for a preliminary ruling from the Regional Court of Latvia. In particular, the case related to applicant's rejection of a request for information, including in relation to chassis numbers of vehicles featured in advertisements published on the applicant's website, submitted by the Tax Inspection Office on the basis that the scope of the request for information, which, according to the applicant, constitutes personal data within the meaning of Article 4(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) ('GDPR'), was not justified by the law. Among other conclusions delivered in his opinion on the aforementioned case, Advocate General Bobek agreed with the applicant's submission that that car chassis numbers should be considered as information relating to an identified or identifiable person, i.e. personal data, within the meaning of the GDPR.

You can read the opinion here