Ombudsman Voices Concern Over Citizen Survey
DATA PROTECTION—HUNGARYJune 10, 2011
Hungarian Data Protection Ombudsman Andras Jori says government questionnaires sent to more than six million Hungarian citizens are not anonymous, and he's asking for personal information to be deleted from the database, reports The Budapest Times. Jori last month launched an investigation into bar codes on the questionnaires that he suspected could reveal subjects' identities. The questionnaires ask about pensions, welfare and education, and, according to Jori, the responses--and whether a citizen participates--could be interpreted as "giving a political opinion." A spokesman for the prime minister said Jori's office was consulted prior to sending the questionnaires and raised no personal data protection concerns. Jori has refuted that assertion.