Does YouTube have any base in the EU, or is it a totally US-based website? I don't know for sure, but I think it's an American site, so it wouldn't really matter if the material on there breached the Data Protection Act. Even apparently European-based versions of US web companies have complicated arrangements (eBay is based in Switzerland, for example), but I suspect that YouTube is outside the DPA's jurisdiction altogether.
 
That doesn't prevent them from responding to pressure to remove clips, but it may make the DPA's implications irrelevant for the site's content.
 
Tim Turner
Data Protection / FOI officer
Legal and Property Services
Wigan Council


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> In message
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>>The important factor is that the domestic purpose exemption is lost if
>>you post personal data on the Internet.
>>
>>This is a result of the Lindqvist case which is binding on the UK. It
>>means that the S.36 exemption has to be interpreted in the light of
>>Lindqvist
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> Although I agree on the point of law, this would seem to have huge
> consequences for a wide range of videos on YouTube. Those showing school
> bullying [to bring in an LEA angle] where it's pretty clear the victim
> doesn't consent.

This is not a considered response - but my immediate reaction is "Good!".

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