Street Views and Data Protection in Hungary

1. General information Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Mr Dr. András Jóri (Parliament of the Republic of Hungary elected him in 2008; since 2000 he has been a member of the legal advisory board of the Council of Hungarian Internet Providers; he is also member of the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party)[1] Relevant national legislations[2] Act XX of 1949 the Constitution of the Republic of Hungary (Article 32/B; Article 59, Article 61), Act LXIII of 1992 on the Protection of Personal Data and the Disclosure of Information of Public Interest, Act IV of 1978 on the Criminal Code, Act XLVII of 1997 on the Handling of Medical and Other Related Data, Act LXVI of 1992 on the Name and Address Records of Citizens (“the Records Act”), Act LXV of 1995 on State Secret and Service Secret, Act LXVI of 1995 on Public Records, Public Archives, and the Protection of Private Archives, Act XC of 2005 on the Freedom of Information by Electronic Means. 2. Street Views 2.1. Google’s Street View in Hungary/Budapest Google got in touch with Mr András Jóri (hereafter: Mr Jóri) in summer 2008[3]. On May 4, 2009 Google Street View cars (Opel Astra with German number plates)[4] arrived at Budapest and started taking down pictures without asking the opinion of Mr Jóri.[5] However, Mr Jóri has had qualms about the legality of the Google Street View (hereafter: GSV) because of the relevant Hungarian legal provisions on data protection.[6] Residents have also lodged complaints against the GSV.[7] After discussing with Mr Jóri Google suspended taking photographs in Budapest in summer 2009.[8] On June 2, 2010 Mr Jóri enquired information about the taken pictures and collected data in Hungary from the Hungarian representatives of Google. The official letter is available in English on the website of the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information ...Zum vollständigen Artikel


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