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Parliamentary questions
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24 January 2019
Question for written answer E-000363-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Péter Niedermüller (S&D) , Csaba Molnár (S&D)

 Subject:  Collection of tourist data in Hungary and protection of EU citizens' data
 Answer in writing 

In November 2018 the Hungarian Parliament adopted a law which made it possible to monitor precisely where and when people had booked accommodation in hotels or other tourist establishments. All establishments offering accommodation had to register with the National Data Centre for Tourism by 31 December and at the same time install a centrally-developed special piece of software to provide data on guests on a continuous basis. Although the data provision was originally said to serve only statistical, tax and marketing purposes, an amendment to the law enabled the police to have direct access to these data. The police could also request additional detailed data from the accommodation provider and conduct individual searches on the site without anyone’s knowledge.

We would like to ask the Commission:

Whether this legislation complies with the data protection rules adopted by the European Union, i.e. Directive (EU) 2016/680 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data, with particular regard to the principles of necessity, proportionality, purpose limitation and transparency?
What action it plans to take to protect the personal data of Hungarian and other EU citizens?

Original language of question: HU 
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