A woman who had a 3 night tryst with a man named Michael sued a hotel to find out the man’s identity.
The encounter took plance in Halle, Germany in 2010. By forcing the hotel to disclose the identity of the man she claimed would have been the father of her child, she’d then be able to pursue the man for child support.
It turns out she only knew his first name. There were four people named Michael registered at the hotel at the time.
Halle, Germany, Copyright: anweber / 123RF Stock Photo
And to show just how seriously (and sometimes bizarrely) European rules treat data privacy, the court said “the father’s right to self-determination of his own information took precedence over the woman’s right to child support.”
the four possible Michaels had a right to privacy, which protects them from having to reveal sexual relations. They should therefore be able to determine for themselves how and to whom this information is divulged.
And since the woman didn’t have enough information to identify with certainty the one guest that would have fathered her child, releasing the requested information “could also breach the privacy of four men named ‘Michael’ who were registered at the hotel at the time.”
(HT: Alan H.)