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Over 250 complaints on forged signatures filed by the moment: CEC spokesperson

Over 250 complaints on forged signatures filed by the moment: CEC spokesperson

16 April 2014 | 17:13 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Over 250 complaints for forged signatures have been filed by the moment at the Central Electoral Commission (CEC), spokesperson of CEC Kameliya Neykova said, cited by FOCUS News Agency .
“One third of the complaints do not contain the full name and other personal data of the senders. They were sent through an e-mail and it could not be said with sure whether the sender is the same person with the misused personal data. There are complaints that were submitted at the office of the CEC, which with sure will be handed in to the competent authorities. Complaints are constantly coming in at the office of CEC or on the e-mail,” Naykova stated.
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By the end of tomorrow information on the misuse of personal data will be published on the websites of the three Bulgarian institutions

By the end of tomorrow information on the misuse of personal data will be published on the websites of the three Bulgarian institutions

16 April 2014 | 16:41 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. By the end of tomorrow (Thursday) on the websites of three institutions - the Central Electoral Commission (CEC), the Commission for Personal Data Protection and Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, will be published a general statement on the administration of signals for misuse of personal data. That is what Kameliya Neykova, spokesperson for the CEC said at a special briefing of the Central Electoral Commission, the Commission for Personal Data Protection and the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, a reporter of FOCUS News Agency announced. The working meeting of the three institutions on the complaints by citizens for unauthorized use of personal data in subscriptions for support of parties and coalitions to register for the upcoming elections for European Parliament is still underway.
“During the meeting it was reached an agreement on the way of administration of the complaints and signals submitted to the Central Electoral Commission. Submitted to the CEC signals that contain sufficient data will be forwarded to the Commission. The signals that contain allegations of violations will be passed on the Prosecutor’s Office,” Kameliya Neykova said.
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Probes must be launched and guilty ones need to be punished: Bulgarian President

Probes must be launched and guilty ones need to be punished: Bulgarian President

16 April 2014 | 13:26 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Signatures of Bulgarian citizens must not be forged but this is matter of working institutions. They have to launch probes and the [guilty ones] need to be respectively punished. President Rosen Plevneliev commented, speaking before journalist at parliament, on the collecting of signatories on the part of parties to be able to register for the European elections, FOCUS News Agency reported.
”This is obviously a very serious scandal which is yet to develop in the country. Such activities are inadmissible,” the President said.
It was earlier reported in Bulgarian media the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) received signals from citizens, even public figures their personal data had been misused by parties and coalitions to register for the European elections.
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Signals over personal data misuse concern almost all registered parties and coalitions: Bulgaria’s CEC spokesperson

Signals over personal data misuse concern almost all registered parties and coalitions: Bulgaria’s CEC spokesperson

16 April 2014 | 12:28 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. ”Most signals we received in the e-mail of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) concern almost all registered parties and coalitions,” said spokesperson of the CEC, Kameliya Neykova, speaking for bTV, commenting on the signals filed by citizens over misuse of their personal data in lists declaring support for parties and coalitions to register for the European elections.
In her words, signals concerning independent candidates to become MEPs have not been received by the CEC yet, which is maybe due to the fact collecting signatories goes with filing a proposal for the registration of an independent MEP, and the deadline for this is April 22.
According to her, in collecting signatories people that signed a list were not asked to produce identification documents and so it had to be checked whether a person signing in support was really the person he or she claimed to be.

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Some 100 firms in Bulgaria purchase and sell personal data: scientist

Some 100 firms in Bulgaria purchase and sell personal data: scientist

16 April 2014 | 09:04 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Some 100 firms in Bulgaria purchase and sell real personal data. Mathematician Prof Mihail Konstantinov announced the news, speaking for the Bulgarian National Television (BNT).
In his words, a lot of citizenship identification numbers of Bulgarian citizesn were sold a long time ago.
According to the scientist, the personal data is used for advertising, racketeering, even for taking a person’s apartment, which is, in his opinion, a widely-spread practice.
Prof Konstantinov thinks that between a half and a third of all personal data in Bulgaria has been purchased or sold.
He mainly blames for this the improper way of keeping of electoral rolls after elections, which, he believes, could be taken as no one exerts control over the rolls.



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Bulgarian parties misuse Bulgarian citizens’ personal data in an attempt to register for EP elections

Bulgarian parties misuse Bulgarian citizens’ personal data in an attempt to register for EP elections

16 April 2014 | 02:20 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Hundreds of Bulgarians complained that some political parties fraudulently used their personal data to lodge applications to register for the country’s European Parliament elections that will be held on 25 May, Sega daily reports. These parties mainly include communist and nationalist parties and more specifically the Reformist Bloc and Bulgaria Without Censorship. The massive fraud was revealed after an amendment to the Election Code allowed voters to check the website of the Central Election Committee (CEC) and see if they were included fraudulently in subscription lists of parties, coalitions and initiative committees. Indignant citizens started lodging complaints with CEC, the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, and the Commission for Personal Data Protection. However, the scandal will hardly lead to a punishment for the parties that misused personal data of citizens. Instead of taking measures, institutions started shifting responsibility to each other and explaining how difficult it was to punish the offenders. What is more scandalous is that the false signatures cannot be annulled until the investiagion is completed. Thus, some parties may be registered successfully for the elections, although they have not collected enough signatures. Duma and Sega dailies add that Bulgarian Ombudsman Konstantin Penchev also lodged a complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office, as his personal data were also misused. He also demanded that the Constitutional Court should declare the Electronic Communications Act unconstitutional, dailies Capital Daily comment. Mr Penchev’s actions come after the European Court of Justice declared the Data Retention Directive invalid a week ago.
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