European Data Protection Digest

Ombudsman Probes Voter Questionnaires

PRIVACY LAW—HUNGARY

May 27, 2011

Hungary's data protection ombudsman is investigating bar codes on questionnaires sent to voters, which the Hungarian Socialist Party says could be used to expose subjects' identities and answers to questions, The Budapest Times reports. The government has sent the questionnaires to some eight million citizens as part of a national consultation. Politician Tibor Szanyi said those who do not return the completed form to the government could be assumed to be opting out of the system of national cooperation, the report states, recommending that respondents instead should check "I cannot answer this question" boxes to complete the form.
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