Head of New Independent Authority Named
DATA PROTECTION—HUNGARYDecember 13, 2011
President Pal Schmitt has appointed Attila Peterfalvi the head of Hungary's National Data Protection and Freedom of Information Authority, Politics.hu reports. The new authority--established by Parliament as an independent entity to replace the data protection ombudsman--will retain the duties of the ombudsman but will be more in line with EU legislation, the report states. Peterfalvi, who will serve a nine-year term beginning January 1, will have broader powers than the ombudsman and may impose fines of up to €33,000. Peterfalvi served as Hungary's data protection ombudsman from 2001-2007.