Public disclosure of Estonian’s past employment as a driver for the KGB, 13 years later, breached his right to respect for his private life
In yesterday's Chamber judgment (13.09.2015) in the case of Sõro v. Estonia (application n° 22588/08) the European Court of Human Rights held, by a majority, that there had been a violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private life) of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The case concerned Mr Sõro’s complaint about the fact that information about his employment during the Soviet era as a driver for the Committee for State Security of the USSR (the KGB) had been published in the Estonian State Gazette in 2004.
The Court found that in Mr Sõro’s case this measure had been disproportionate to the aims sought. In particular, under the relevant national legislation, information about all employees of the former security services – including drivers, as in Mr Sõro’s case – was published, regardless of the specific function they had performed.
The Court held that Estonia was to pay Mr Sõro 6,000 euros (EUR) in respect of non-pecuniary damage and EUR 1,444.74 in respect of costs and expenses.