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Police dismiss LMP call to press charges in govt national survey data case

The police have dismissed a call by the leader of green party LMP to press charges in connection with a recent national survey carried out by the Fidesz government.

Parliamentary leader András Schiffer has raised concerns over the handling of data, LMP said in a statement on Saturday. Schiffer has turned to the authorities and requested a review of the Budapest police force's (BRFK) decision, the statement said. Schiffer reported his suspicion about the violation of data laws to the police on June 8 in connection with the personal data aspects of the government's social consultation. The police explained its decision not to pursue the case on the grounds that responses to the questions contained in the survey were not political opinions and no substantive interests had been harmed, since the government had merely enquired about the intentions of citizens.

LMP said in the statement that it found the police justification "astonishing," since "forming a view of desired government measures is typically a political opinion, while the corresponding law on the protection of personal data is primarily and inherently about protecting citizens from powers which enquire about political opinions."