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DK: TOURISM LAW VIOLATES EU DATA PROTECTION RULES

 

The leftist Democratic Coalition (DK) will turn to the European Commission over Hungary’s recent changes to the law on tourism, which, according to the party, is in conflict with the European Union’s principles on data protection. DK MP Gergely Arató told a press conference that the new rules are “aimed at spying on Hungarians” and argued that state agencies would now have “unlimited access” to the personal data of tourism customers stored in a central database under the new legislation. “We don’t want a Big Brother,” he added. Arató insisted that the data collected from tourism could be abused in a number of ways such as “the tax authority launching an investigation into residents’ holiday spending” or “collecting information on participants of an opposition event in another city”.