August 8th, 2017

DK protests Interior Ministry plans for facilitating surveillance of citizens

The Democratic Coalition (DK) party has called on the interior ministry to drop plans aimed at facilitating surveillance over citizens. Addressing a press conference, DK co-leader and MEP Péter Niedermüller said that the ministry’s recent proposal, aimed at changing rules of accessing and storing personal data, failed to meet basic principles of such activities.

Niedermüller said that the proposal did not indicate details of a new, central storage facility of personal data, and added that granting the police authorisation to access those data “not only in justified, individual cases” was unacceptable. “This would facilitate uninterrupted surveillance of any person,” he argued. DK will appeal to the European Commission if the Hungarian parliament passes the proposal into law, Niedermüller said.

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