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Groups Appeal to Barroso on Ombudsman Role

DATA PROTECTION—HUNGARY

October 20, 2011

Three Hungarian civic groups have asked European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to launch proceedings against Hungary due to its passage of a bill that they say violates EU laws, politics.hu reports. The Károly Eötvös Institute, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union say Hungary's passage of a "cardinal law" in July that sees the role of the country's independent data protection ombudsman subsumed by the new National Data Protection and Freedom of Information Authority goes against EU legal frameworks, according to the report.
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