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Commission Concerned About Changes to Constitution

PRIVACY LAW—HUNGARY & EU

January 4, 2012

The European Commission (EC) has expressed concern about Hungary's newly revised constitution, European Voice reports. The commission is looking into whether certain changes comply with EU laws. EC spokesman Olivier Bailly said that EC Vice President Viviane Reding is concerned about the independence of the new data protection supervisor, the report states. In July, the Hungarian government passed a law that saw the role of the country's independent data protection ombudsman subsumed by a new National Data Protection and Freedom of Information Authority. Reding wrote to Hungarian ministers last month expressing "doubts" about the changes.
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