Article 19
Notification obligation regarding rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing

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The GDPR

Article 19 sets up a notification obligation of the data controller that requires them to communicate to each data recipient any rectification, erasure or restriction of processing on the basis of Articles 16, 17 (1) and Article 18 of the Regulation.

The controller, however, can avoid this obligation if they prove that such communications is impossible or involves disproportionate effort.

The final compromise on the future Regulation supplements Article 18 with an obligation to inform the data subject of the identity of recipients when the data subject so requests.

The Directive

The Directive already required the states to guarantee to data subjects the right to obtain notification to third parties to whom the data have been disclosed of any rectification, erasure or blocking, unless this proves impossible or involves a disproportionate effort (see Article 12 c)).

Potential issues

This right is difficult to manage. It requires a perfect management of data transfers to third parties and strongly depends on the sustainability of those third parties (transformation, bankruptcy, etc.). The inability to escape it must however be objective and can not be confused with the lack of implementation of a transmission monitoring procedure.

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Art. 19

The controller shall communicate any rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing carried out in accordance with Article 16, Article 17(1) and Article 18 to each recipient to whom the personal data have been disclosed, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort. The controller shall inform the data subject about those recipients if the data subject requests it.

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Art. 13 

The controller  shall communicate  any rectification or erasure carried out in accordance with Articles 16 and 17 to each recipient to whom the data have been disclosed, unless this proves impossible or involves a disproportionate effort.

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Art. 17b

The controller shall communicate any rectification, erasure or restriction of processing carried out in accordance with Articles 16, 17(1) and 17a to each recipient to whom the data have been disclosed (...) unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort.

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Art. 12

Member States shall guarantee every data subject the right to obtain from the controller:

c) Notification to third parties to whom the data have been disclosed of any rectification, erasure or blocking carried out in compliance with (b), unless this proves impossible or involves a disproportionate effort.

Section 35
Correction, erasure and blocking of data

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(7) The bodies to which data were transmitted for storage in the course of a data transfer process shall be notified of the correction of incorrect data, the blocking of disputed data and the erasure or blocking of data due to inadmissible storage, where this does not require disproportionate effort and the data subject has no overriding legitimate interests.

(8) Blocked data may be transferred or used without the consent of the data subject only if

1.  this is indispensable for scientific purposes, for use as evidence or for other reasons in the overriding interests of the controller of the data or a third party and

2.  transfer or use of the data for this purpose would be admissible if they were not blocked.

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