European Data Protection Digest

Hungary Referred to EU Court Over DPA, Judiciary Concerns

PRIVACY LAW—EU & HUNGARY

April 27, 2012

DW reports that the European Commission will refer Hungary to the EU's highest court over concerns that government reforms "infringe on the independence of the judiciary and data protection agency," and a EurActiv report notes, "Brussels considers the lack of autonomy of the independent authority caused by recent laws as detrimental to citizens and media." The law allows the government to remove the leader of Hungary's data protection authority "at any time and with immediate effect," the report states. "With this step we hope to convince Hungary to change the legislation," a commission spokesman said Wednesday.
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