Chris Owen: How one country, at least, is savaging Scientology's privacy nightmare - 2017-10-25
We're glad to have back Chris Owen, author of the important work Ron, The "War Hero." After last week's police raid of Scientology's "Ideal Org" in Budapest, Chris is helping us make sense of what the government there is doing.
The Hungarian Data Protection Commissioner, Dr. Attila Péterfalvi, has issued a scathing 129-page report faulting Scientology on many aspects of the way it handles personal data. Like his counterparts in other European Union states, he is charged with enforcing the data protection regulations that have been enacted by the EU and transposed into the national laws of each of its 28 member states.
Hungary's National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (NAIH) has investigated Scientology after receiving complaints about its management of members' data. The results are potentially very damaging for Scientology. Not only has it been fined €130,000 ($152,000), but it has been ordered to change some of its basic practices, established by L. Ron Hubbard himself. And the report also has the potential to cause EU-wide damage to Scientology, as its conclusions are relevant to every member state in which Scientology operates.