Definitions in Danish data protection law

Confidential information

Information is confidential when made so by an Act or stipulation, or when it is necessary to keep it secret to protect important public or private interests (§ 152 Danish Criminal Code and § 27 of the Danish Administrative Practice Act).

Confidential information is often subject to special data-protection rules.

Other sensitive data

In Denmark, sensitive personal data also includes serious social problems (for example, alcohol or drug abuse) and other purely private matters (for example, the results of personality tests or termination without notice). In certain cases, information on income and property, employment, education and employment conditions may have to be treated like sensitive personal data. The same applies to information on internal family relationships, including information on, for example, suicide attempts and accidents.