CASE COMMENTS: PROCEDURES – EUROPEAN UNION – INVESTIGATIONS – SEIZURE OF LARGE VOLUME OF DATA – EXAMINATION BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION IN ITS PREMISES

Investigation: The Court of Justice of the European Union recognizes the European Commission’s right, under conditions, to examine in its premises copies of digital files made during a dawn raid (Nexans)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Can the Commission seize computer files during an inspection and subsequently examine them when it returns to its Brussels premises in order to extract the data relevant to its investigation? One of the protagonists in the electricity cable cartel, Nexans, contested the existence of such a power on the grounds that it is not expressly provided for in Regulation No 1/2003 and denounced, in substance, the risk of indiscriminate trawling of the data it involves. During their visit, Commission inspectors had examined several computers. Lacking time to analyse them on the spot, the inspectors copied hard disks

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Pascal Cardonnel, Investigation: The Court of Justice of the European Union recognizes the European Commission’s right, under conditions, to examine in its premises copies of digital files made during a dawn raid (Nexans), 16 July 2020, Concurrences N° 4-2020, Art. N° 97568, pp. 197-198

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