Right to Object to Processing – art. 12, 21

  • A data subject has the right to object to being subject to public authorities or companies processing their data without explicit consent.
  • A data subject also has the right to stop personal data from being included in direct marketing databases.
  • An individual can make an objection verbally or in writing.
  • You have one calendar month to respond to an objection.

Individuals have the absolute right to object to the processing of their personal data if it is for direct marketing purposes.

Individuals can also object if the processing is for:

  • a task carried out in the public interest;
  • the exercise of official authority vested in you; or
  • your legitimate interests (or those of a third party).

In these circumstances the right to object is not absolute.

If you are processing data for scientific or historical research, or statistical purposes, the right to object is more limited.

In effect, a combination of the processes and technical capabilities for restriction, limitation, and erasure will suffice.