‘The Ola and Uber judgments: for the first time a court recognises a GDPR right to an explanation for algorithmic decision-making’

“In March 2021, the Amsterdam District Court decided in two cases regarding Uber (‘Uber employment’ and ‘Uber deactivation’ cases), and one case regarding Ola (see also the unofficial English translations of the judgments). Ola offers a service that’s comparable to Uber. Both companies offer an app that links (taxi) drivers to passengers. In the Ola judgment, the Court requires the Ola company to explain the logic behind a fully automated decision in the sense of article 22 of the General Data Protection regulation (GDPR). This is the first time that a court in the Netherlands recognises such a right. To the best of our knowledge, it is also the first time that a Court anywhere in Europe recognises such a right …” (more)

[Raphaël Gellert, Marvin van Bekkum and Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, EU Law Analysis, 28 April]

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