The World Legal Information Institute provides free, independent and non-profit access to worldwide law. Its International Privacy Law Library contains the largest freely accessible and searchable collection of privacy law materials in the world and has just undergone a major expansion.
The library enables online searches over more than 30 specialised privacy law databases, as well as incorporating search results of privacy cases from numerous other databases of general court cases, legal articles and legislation. The library is being constantly updated through the network of legal information institutes cooperating with WorldLII.
Professor Graham Greenleaf, Co-Director of the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII), announced the expansion of the library [pdf]which he says is made possible by a grant from the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner of surplus funds from last year’s APEC Privacy Enforcement Workshop in Auckland. The existing collection of materials to incorporate new series from Europe, North America, Africa, the Pacific and Asia, as well as several specialised international series of opinions and guidance papers,
A Users’ Guide to the Privacy Law Library can be found here [pdf]
Four of the thirty four databases in the library are contributed by the indispensable British and Irish Legal Information Institute (“BAILII”).
The following databases may be of particular interest to our readers in the United Kingdom andIreland:
- United Kingdom Information Commissioner’s Office 2011- (BAILII)
- European Commission Article 29 Working Party Opinions and Recommendations 1997- (WorldLII)
- Irish Data Protection Commission Case Studies 2005- (BAILII)
- Irish Information Commissioner’s Decisions 1998- (BAILII)
- United Kingdom Information Tribunal 1990- (BAILII)