European Commission Warns Governments Not to Use GDPR to Silence Media

European Commission Warns Governments Not to Use GDPR to Silence Media

The European Commission told governments this week not to misuse the GDPR to silence journalists after hearing of related incidents in Romania and Hungary.

It was revealed that Romania’s Rise Project had been threatened last week by the country’s data authority ANSPDCP to reveal its sources or face a fine of up to €20 million based on the GDPR’s directive 679/2016, which seeks to protect citizens’ personal data.  

Meanwhile, investigative reporter Andreas Deszo was charged by the Hungarian government of misusing personal information in his work. Deszo works for Index.hu, an independent news site known to be critical of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s administration.

Source: OCCRP

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