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Hungarian Scientologists Fined For “Unlawful Data Management” After Police Raid

By Tamás Székely // 2017.10.20.

Hungary’s data protection authority has fined the Church of Scientology in Hungary and its headquarters 20 million forints (EUR 65,000) each for abuse of personal and other data, the authority’s head said on Friday. 

The National Data Protection Authority (NAIH) had been conducting an investigation into the organisation and its headquarters since last December, Attila Péterfalvi, head of Hungary’s data protection authority told a press conference on Friday.

The investigation found that the organisation had failed to comply with its duty to disclose its privacy policy or uphold the principle of purposeful and honest management of data, including the requirement of data security, Péterfalvi said.

Further, the church and its headquarters were found to have abused the personal details of their members and third parties, he added. Peterfalvi said the case was the most severe violation of data protection rules ever encountered by the authority.

Police raided the Church of Scientology’s Budapest headquarters in Váci Road on Wednesday morning. The organisation is not on Hungary’s official register of churches.

via MTI; photo: Zoltán Mihádák – MTI