On 10 June 2019, the Finnish JW organization lodged an application against Finland with the European Court of Human Rights. The case was quickly - by the Court's standards - communicated to the Finnish Government on 10 December 2019. The complaint itself isn't available online but there is a brief summary (see the link above) prepared by the Court:
The application concerns the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ religious activities in Finland and their compatibility with the data protection regulations. In 2013 the Data Protection Board prohibited the applicant community and its members from taking any notes for their personal use of religious conversations engaged in the context of their door-to-door preaching activities without the consent of the discussion partner or in violation of the data protection rules. This decision was partly upheld and partly quashed by the Administrative Court in 2014 [judgment in Finnish]. Subsequently, after a preliminary ruling from the CJEU, the Supreme Administrative Court quashed the decision of the Administrative Court and reinstated the decision of the Data Protection Board on 17 December 2018 [judgment in Finnish, summary in English]. The applicant community claims that no similar burden is imposed on the processing of personal data by individuals engaged in journalism or literary expression, by individuals using personal data purely for personal activities, or when the two State religions, namely the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and the Finnish Orthodox Church, are processing of personal data.By communicating the case, the ECtHR notified the Finnish Government of the application and asked the parties to answer the following questions:
The applicant community complains under Articles 9 [Freedom of thought, conscience and religion] and 10 [Freedom of expression] of the [European] Convention [on Human Rights] that no balancing act was made by the domestic courts. The interference did not pursue a legitimate aim, nor was it proportionate. Any noted down information was either in the public domain or voluntary given to the members of the community. It complains under Article 8 [Right to respect for private and family life] of the Convention that one’s name and address were data which was widely available in the public domain. Moreover, the notes made by the members of the community are protected against State interference under their right to privacy. The applicant community complains about discrimination under Article 14 [Prohibition of discrimination] of the Convention, taken in conjunction with Articles 8, 9 and 10 of the Convention and Article 1 of Protocol No. 12 [General prohibition of discrimination]. Lastly, it complains under Article 6 [Right to a fair trial] about the lack of an oral hearing before the domestic courts.
Also, when an application is communicated, it typically means it isn't found manifectly inadmissible.
1. Has there been a violation of the applicant community’s freedom of religion, contrary to Article 9 of the Convention? Having regard to the fact that some of the data in question was in public domain, has there been a violation of the applicant community’s right to freedom of expression, in particular its right to impart information and ideas, contrary to Article 10 of the Convention?
2. Has there been an interference with the applicant community’s member’s right to respect for their private life, within the meaning of Article 8 § 1 of the Convention? If so, was that interference in accordance with the law and necessary in terms of Article 8 § 2?
3. Has the applicant community suffered discrimination in the enjoyment of its Convention rights, contrary to Article 14 of the Convention, read in conjunction with Articles 8, 9 and 10 of the Convention and Article 1 of Protocol No. 12? In particular, has the applicant community been subjected to a difference in treatment? If so, did that difference in treatment pursue a legitimate aim and did it have a reasonable justification?
4. Has there been an oral hearing in the present case, as required by Article 6 § 1 of the Convention?
The applicant organization is represented by Petr Muzny, one of the leading JW lawyers which represented their organizations and individual Witnesses from Armenia, Finland, Russia and Turkey before top European courts. It's unclear when this case will be decided.