Personal Data Protection
People have the right to personal data protection even after they have passed away. Although we can help you locate a grave, there are certain statutory provisions limiting us when it comes to disclosing information about the deceased.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE GRAVE SITE
If you are looking for a grave, we can help you. The Funeral and Cemetery Services Act stipulates that information about the name and surname of the deceased, the year of birth and death of the deceased, the number of the grave and the cemetery may be disclosed for the purposes of informing the public about the location of the grave. If the deceased has prohibited the disclosure of his or her data in writing or it this has been prohibited by the person ordering the funeral, the deceased person's personal data may only be disclosed to those users who are authorised to process personal data by law.
If you are looking for a grave, our online find-a-grave search tool can come in handy, if you prefer, however, we can also help you in person at the reception office.
PERSONAL DATA OF THE DECEASED
The protection of deceased persons' personal data is regulated by Article 23 of the Personal Data Protection Act (ZVOP-1). This Act stipulates that the cemetery manager may provide data about a deceased individual only to those users of personal data who are authorised to process personal data by law, as well as to their legal heirs providing a legal interest has been demonstrated. Should you need help, you can also contact the Ljubljana Historical Archives (Mestni trg 27), which may be able to provide you with access to the data based on the Protection of Documents and Archives and Archival Institutions Act. Of course, this only applies if the deceased did not explicitly prohibit the disclosure of their personal data before passing away.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUNERAL
The Funeral and Cemetery Services Act stipulates that for the purposes of informing the public about the funeral the following information may also be disclosed: information about the name and surname of the deceased, the age of the deceased, the date of the funeral, the chapel of rest and the cemetery. The only exception is when the deceased or the person ordering the funeral has prohibited the disclosure of information in writing. If this is the case, the personal data of the deceased may be disclosed only to those users who are authorised by law to process personal data.
WHY ARE THERE NOTICES ON SOME GRAVES?
The notices are our attempt at getting in touch with current grave leaseholders or relatives of the deceased whenever our mailed notices are returned marked as ‘Addressee Unknown’, ‘Addressee Moved’ or ‘Deceased’. We deal with these on a case-by-case basis and clear up the situation with the help of various institutions. We do, however, also leave notices to the relatives of the deceased on some graves. These procedures, of course, take a long time. For this reason it is very important for graves leaseholders to inform us about any postal address changes.