On 9 March 2017 the Court of Justice of the European Union ("ECJ") decided in Case C-398/15 (Manni) that there is no "right to be forgotten" for personal data in the companies register. The case concerned Mr Manni, a director of a company involved in the construction of a tourist complex. The properties didn't sell well and according to Mr Manni this was due to the fact that the companies register still contained information about him as an administrator of another company that went bankrupt in 1992 and was wound up in 2005. The question posed to the ECJ was whether the directive on the protection of personal data and the directive on disclosure of company documents preclude any person from accessing personal data in the companies register. According to the ECJ this interference with the fundamental rights of the persons concerned is not disproportionate in so far as (i) only a limited number of personal data are entered in the register and (ii) it is justified that natural persons who choose to participate in trade should be required to disclose data relating to their identity and functions within that company. However, upon expiry of a sufficiently long period after dissolution of the company concerned, Member States may provide for restricted access to such data by third parties in exceptional cases.