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Greece’s Privacy Agency Issues Fines Over MEP’s Campaign Data Breach

ATHENS – Greece’s Ministry of the Interior and Member of the European Parliament Anna-Michele Asimakopoulou were fined by the Data Protection Authority (DPA) for leaking information on Greeks abroad who registered to vote.

The ministry was penalized 400,000 euros ($434,792) in taxpayer money while Askimakopoulou was assessed 40,000 euros ($43,479) for unauthorized use of emails that the ministry initially said it didn’t provide.

Asimakopoulou, from the ruling New Democracy, was reaching out to Greeks abroad who were voting for the first time in European Union elections and had denied any wrongdoing before more details emerged about the email addresses.

The DPA cited actions that led to “a large number of charges in relation to the uncalled for political communication through email sent on March 1, 2024 titled ‘100 days before the European elections,” by her had no relation to the mail ballot.

“Following a series of in situ checks and receipt of proof and data in the framework of the checks, it was found that an archive with personal data of all voters signed up abroad for the elections of June 2023, for which the Interior Ministry is responsible for processing,” the agency said.

The Authority fined the ministry and ordered that it improve compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ordered Asimakopoulou to delete the related data.

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