June 8th, 2011

Ombudsman raises concerns over government’s questionnaires

Hungary’s data protection ombudsman on Tuesday said he had found problems regarding the data handling of government questionnaires sent out to voters earlier this month.

Ombudsman Andras Jori told MTI that the questionnaires were not anonymous and the personal details supplied by the respondents should be deleted from the authority’s database.

Peter Szijjarto, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s spokesman, insisted that the office handling the questionnaires had consulted with the ombudsman’s office before the questionnaires were mailed, and indicated no concerns over personal data protection.

More than eight million questionnaires were sent out to all Hungarian citizens above the age of 16, with questions pertaining to pensions, welfare and education. Recipients have been asked to return them by June 15.

Jori called it problematic that the responses, or even the fact that someone had participated, could be classified as information giving a political opinion.

He called on the office handling the questionnaires to only store data without any personal identification, such as name, address, or bar codes.

Szijjarto charged that Jori’s statement “must have been motivated by personal concerns”. He noted that the new constitution provides for a single ombudsman instead of the current four, and “Jori seems to be uncertain about his future career”.

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  • wolfi

    This questionnaire was unblievable! Would you answer something like that when your name is on it ?

    This is worse than the STASI-method of spying on your own people …

  • Viking

    Szijjarto charged that Jori’s statement “must have been motivated by personal concerns”. He noted that the new constitution provides for a single ombudsman instead of the current four, and “Jori seems to be uncertain about his future career”

    Well, can you see a more open threat to fire an ombudsman for daring to criticise The Supreme Leader’s Judgement?
    .
    But what would you expect from people just loving ‘One Party Rulez’

  • Musso

    Uno voce, Uno duce.
    Who needs meddling ombudsmen anyway?

  • Palánta

    Szijjarto charged that Jori’s statement “must have been motivated by personal concerns”.

    People who don’t really have a legitimate argument go straight for the ad hominem attack.

  • GK

    Szijjarto behaviour is at best arrogant and at worst threatening, however it only goes to confirm that the Ombudsman’s observations are spot on.

    What is the point in “King Viktor” having an official spokesperson if they are not able to make even the weakest defence of a policy to the media/public.

    Is this going to be the government’s reaction to any different opinion? aggression and threats what will happen at the next election we all receive voting papers with a now infamous barcode on, and a threat from the “official spokesperson” something like “if you do not vote for us then, you must be against us, and we will know who you are…..”

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