The campaign chief of the opposition mayoral candidate Tessza Udvarhelyi denied that the unlawful collection of data had taken place. She said the data for the local election campaign was being handled by the civil society C8 Civilek Józsefvárosért in line with regulations published on the organisation’s Facebook page and also on all online and offline contact forms. The data of supporters is recorded only if they give consent to this in writing and strictly for specific purposes, such as to subscribe for newsletters or to carry out volunteer work, she said. Personal data from the recommendation slips is not recorded or stored in any form, she added.
The photos published by Magyar Nemzet show “volunteers checking whether the many hundreds of recommendation slips distributed among candidates in 12 constituencies and the mayoral candidate had been returned so that the campaign chief could submit them to the local election office on the following day,” she said. This is necessary because a fine is imposed if recommendation slips are lost, she added.
Earlier, asked about documents with photographic evidence obtained by Magyar Nemzet indicating the alleged preparation of election fraud by the opposition in the Józsefváros district of Budapest, Karácsony strongly rejected the charge, saying that if anyone were to commit an illegal act, it was unlikely they would post incriminating photographs on Facebook. Karácsony said the citizens concerned had given their consent to handing over their data in accordance with the law. He added that the photo in question showed how all recommendation slips had been returned to the authorities.