21 January 2011

Of Sushi and Data Protection

Just ordered a large set of sake sushi on the phone.

Credit: Ricardo Bernardo

Again, I had run a long day and needed some refreshment. I rang up, could order pretty fast and felt well-served.

Besides one thing.

They knew who I was and where I lived. I was not even supposed to tell them my name… Strange, I thought, and started speculating how could those guys have obtained my personal data. Could that be, since I have ordered there already? However, what was even more worrying: what were/are they going to do with that?

Why am I concerned? Because I do not like to represent a record in a database whose existence I could not even assume. This is the reason why data controllers have an explicit obligation to obtain data subjects’ (written) consent prior to processing their data. Otherwise such processing is not lawful according to our fancy legislation on data protection.

To the best of my knowledge, I have never allowed the sushi restaurant to process my data. In order to be absolutely sincere, I checked their website while composing this blog post. Their general terms and conditions are just as silent as the fish they make sushi of.

It is funny, but data protection provisions were once introduced to oppose the dealings of state agents. Nowadays data traders are their primary objective and that does not surprise, since data are considered tradable commodities. Some of them are – depending on their exposure to the public – deemed really precious.

So, I will let those sushi makers know of their lack to comply with stringent law. I thought of writing them an email so I will not forget to tell them how good their sushi was.

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Comments (10)

  1. 21 January 2011
    Vesso said...

    Hi, it’s Vesso. Schoolmate from NGDEK, Sofia, Bulgaria, another life long time ago.
    1) Great weblog you’ve got!
    2) Where do you live? Maybe it’s worth knowing before ordering anything by the phone :)))
    3) I have had suspicions a long time ago that there’s no more such thing as bank secrets …

  2. 22 January 2011

    Hi Vesso,

    of course I do remember you, how would I not? Kinda weird we both talk to each other in English, huh -)))? Have a butcher at my FB profile and you will assume where this could have happened -).

    For the rest, thank you for your inspiring comment!

  3. 23 January 2011

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  4. 20 December 2011
    Theresa Zamora said...

    I can’t take my eyes of the sushi. I am nuts about this dish. I think its God’s gift to man from heaven.

    • 13 May 2012
      Alan WD said...

      lol, the same thought))

  5. 5 January 2012

    Yes! your article is very informative.I already shared this blog to my facebook account. thank you 🙂

  6. 29 December 2012
    CBI John said...

    How safe are our identities to them?

    CBI John

  7. 14 January 2013
    CBI John said...

    I mean to say how safe is data at these restaurants, my wife is bugging me to ask.

    CBI John

  8. 14 January 2013
    CBI John said...

    I mean to say that how safe is data at these restaurants, my wife is bugging me to ask.

    CBI John
    CBI John recently posted..Annual Iraqi Energy Forum Review

    • 24 January 2013
      Emil A. Georgiev said...


      this is the reason why the European Union has its set of legal tools to promote and ensure the protection of personal data.

      Strictly speaking, such a restaurant is obliged to register as a data controller with the competent supervisory body (most commonly a data protection commission) and abide by the applicable law, which is here to observe the data safety that you mentioned.

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