Hungary Adopts New Data Protection Law

On July 24th The Hungarian Parliament adopted the Act on Informational Self-Determination and Freedom of Information (the new Data Protection Act), the domestic implementation of the European Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC). The new Act will enter into force by 1 January 2012 and same will replace the Act LXIII of 1992 on the Protection of Personal Data and Public Access to Data of Public Interest.

The new Data Protection Act mainly preserved the material provisions of the outdated former Law. Similarly to the Data Protection Act currently in force, the new legislation covers both the general material provisions of data protection as well as freedom of information. Since the new Data Protection Act is general law, the legislator may therefore derogate from its provisions through sectoral legislation.

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