Belgian politicians accused of privacy violations after elections
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    Belgian politicians accused of privacy violations after elections

    Since the elections, the Data Protection Authority received 14 complaints about received emails in regards to the elections. Credit: Pexels

    The Privacy Commission has received 14 complaints against politicians who used (e-mail) addresses to recruit voters, violating several privacy laws.

    Anyone who runs in the elections has access to the electoral register, which is an overview of all voters for the constituency, including their date of birth, address and gender. Some voters, therefore, received a personal letter from a politician in the run-up to the elections.

    However, email addresses are not included in these registers and using them violates the privacy laws. Since the elections, the Data Protection Authority received 14 complaints about received emails in regards to the elections.

    On Wednesday, a mayor was sentenced for the first time to a 2,000 euros fine for the misuse of personal data in his campaign. The Authority cannot give more information, because then it would violate the privacy laws as well.

    The 14 complaints are now being investigated by the Data Protection Authority’s Dispute Chamber. Since the elections, the institution also received 198 requests for information about privacy regulations.

    Maïthé Chini
    The Brussels Times