Finland’s “Korkein hallinto-oikeus” (or Supreme Administrative Court) has ruled that Jehovah’s Witnesses practice of gathering householders’ private data on the door-to-door ministry via S8 forms, is illegal.

The European COurt of Justice reviewed the practice in July 2018 and concluded that the creation of lists of names and the noting down of personal information about householders always requires concent, Finland’s Supreme Admnistrative Court has now agreed, stating that because the Watchtower organisation is effectively compiling a personal data register, these notes should comply with data protection regulations.

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