Raid in Hungary: Scientology's Cold War tactics are colliding with 21st Century data privacy - 2017-10-19
Yesterday, when we saw news stories pop up briefly announcing that the Budapest Scientology "Ideal Org" was raided by police, we knew just who to turn to. Those stories said that some 50 police officers carried out the raid, but there were virtually no other details. So we asked our man in Hungary, Péter Bonyai, for the inside scoop. Here's what he told us late last night…
The police, understandably, aren't saying much, but the the crackdown seems to be a direct consequence of an ongoing investigation conducted by the Hungarian National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information. This review was started more than 10 months ago, in December, and presumably they went through the policies and practices of the Church with a fine-tooth comb. According to insiders, that review was completed the day before yesterday.
I am sure you know that due to the unalterable nature of L. Ron Hubbard's policies, the Church is stuck in a Cold War espionage mindset which is completely at odds with modern-day privacy and data protection regulations. (And here, those are essentially EU regulations which were introduced in Hungary as part of the "harmonization of law" process.)