In its judgment of 9 March 2017 in case C-398/15 the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) handed down an important judgment on the scope of the so-called "right to be forgotten" on the basis of Personal Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.

The ECJ considered that this directive does not preclude any person from accessing, without any time limit, personal data set out in the companies registers. Nevertheless, on a case by case basis, where exceptionally justified and upon expiry of sufficient period after dissolution of the company, Member States might restrict access to such data.