New Law Makes Festival-Goers In Hungary Give Detailed ID Data

  • 15 Jul 2019 7:51 AM
  • Hungary Matters
New Law Makes Festival-Goers In Hungary Give Detailed ID Data
Organisers of major musical festivals in Hungary will be obliged in future to collect and keep detailed personal data of participants under a law passed by parliament.

Authorities say the purpose of the law, sponsored by the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance and adopted with 128 votes for, 48 against and 9 abstentions, is to enhance crime prevention, with special regard to terrorist activities.

The law stipulates that organisers will need to capture the names, nationality, date and time of birth, sex, the country issuing the identification, as well as the photo of those buying tickets for musical events attended by over 25,000 people.

Under the legislation, the information should be kept for 90 days after the event and destroyed after that period.

The police, counter-terrorism force TEK, the tax authority, prosecutors’ offices and law courts may have access to the information upon written request.

The amendment will take effect 15 days after its publication. The leftist Democratic Coalition earlier protested against the bill.


Photo Credit: MTI

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