Hungary modifies disputed data protection law.

By bne IntelliNews April 4, 2012
Hungarian lawmakers have approved amendments to the data protection law in order to address concerns of the European Commission (EC) regarding the independence of the data protection authority, Hungary Around the Clock reported. The changes referred to the options for dismissal of the president of the data protection authority and professional experience required for this position. The head of the institution will also be allowed to take part in the legislative activities of the parliamentary committees. The EC decided on January 17 to launch EU infringement procedure against Hungary on violation of the EU law regarding the independence of the central bank, the retirement age of judges and the independence of the data protection authority. According to the reasoned option, sent on March 7, the commission requested detailed clarification for the premature termination of the data protection commissioner's 6-year term and formally adoption of terms for dismissal of the new supervisor.

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