lammert - 9:34 am on May 16, 2010 (gmt 0)
The issue is not about having access to individual personal information, but storing it. European laws are often pretty open about receiving information, because obtaining information is seen as part of the freedom of speech. You can't have freedom of speech if people aren't allowed to listen to you. But storing personal information on a larger scale is frown upon and in many cases prohibited by law.
Having a large sign on your door with your name is fine. Reading that sign when you walk in a street is also OK, but creating a database with all the names of people linked to their address isn't.