European Data Protection Digest

Bulgarian Companies Solicit Excessive Personal Data, Commission Says

DATA PROTECTION—BULGARIA

February 19, 2010

Bulgarian companies continue to collect more personal data than absolutely necessary, the Sofia Echo reports. Venete Shopova, the chairperson of the Bulgarian Commission for Personal Data Protection (CPDP) points to violations of the Bulgarian law prohibiting the photocopying or scanning of ID documents as an example. "We have had a long battle over this, but it still continues." Shopova says the electronic card system for public transport is another example of excessive data collection. The system asks all passengers to fill out a health-related data form, regardless of whether or not they have physical handicap needs.
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