EC Launches Proceedings Against Hungary
PRIVACY LAW—HUNGARY & EUJanuary 18, 2012
European Voice reports that the European Commission (EC) has begun infringement proceedings against the Hungarian government over three laws that took effect January 1 and are considered by the commission to violate EU law. One of the laws in question pertains to the independence of the country's data protection authority. EC President José Manuel Barroso announced the legal challenge in Strasbourg on Tuesday. The Hungarian government has until February 17 to respond. The government has released a statement asserting that it "considers the independence of the...data protection authority as important as does the European Commission" and it will begin a "thorough analysis of the commission's arguments."