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NAIH: Hungary Scientologists’ Handling Personal Data Unlawful

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.04.01.

The Church of Scientology in Hungary has managed personal data unlawfully, the data protection authority (NAIH) said on Saturday.

NAIH quoted a ruling the municipal appeals court had passed on March 22, in which the court turned down an appeal by the scientologist organisation against an earlier NAIH decision.

In October 2017, NAIH established that the church and its central organisation had failed to comply with their duty to disclose a privacy policy or uphold the principle of purposeful and honest management of data, including the requirement of data security. NAIH fined the two bodies a combined 40 million forints (EUR 130,000) at the time.

The appeals court approved of NAIH’s findings and said that personal data protection rules of Hungary and of the European Union must be observed by any person or organisation, with no exception to religious bodies.