Rise Project journalists claim that the National Authority for Personal Data Processing Surveillance (ANSPCP) exerts pressure on them to reveal the sources, after publishing the first information from the suitcase that a local resident allegedly found in the rural area in Teleorman County.
“The Dragnea group is trying to intimidate RISE Project by invoking the European law after they were accused of having stolen European money,” Rise Project journalists have posted on Facebook.
“Today, through this notification, ANSPCP requires us to disclose the sources in #TeleormanLeaks and the information about all the data we have. ANSPCP threatens with penalties of EUR 20 million if we do not provide access to our information systems,” the journalists say, digi24.ro reports.
They say ANSPCP is headed by Ancuta Opre, “appointed by the Senate and indicted by DNA for abuse of office committed in a previous job.” More precisely, Opre is accused of over-evaluating properties when she was head of the Central Commission for Settlement of Damages with the National Authority for Property Restitution (ANRP) in a famous file.
“President Ancuţa Opre, PSD member for years, at ANRP she was colleague with George Bălăiti, who signed the request addressed to RISE. Bălăiti had worked for PSD’s communications service and is now the chief of the operator control service with ANSPCP. RISE is an independent media investigation center, affiliated with international organizations and our efforts are made exclusively in the public interest. We will continue,” the Rise Project journalists conclude.
The National Supervisory Authority for Personal Data Processing asks Rise Project to provide information on:
- Purpose and legal basis for posting the personal data on the internet (Facebook).
- The date/period when the data was posted on the Facebook account.
- The source the personal data comes from.
- The support (electronic and/or physical) on which journalists hold the documents/images that were posted on Facebook.
- If mobile storage devices (tablet, HDD, memory stick) were/are protected by password or are encrypted.
- If journalists hold other information/documents containing personal data of targeted persons.
- If the personal data or documents containing personal data of the targeted persons have also been disclosed in other circumstances, specifying them.
- The manner in which the journalists ensured the information of the targeted persons, according to the provisions of articles 13-14 of the RGPD.
The requested information should be sent within 10 days, otherwise the Authority may order “a fine of up to RON 3,000 for each day of delay”, a fine that can be added up to the one of EUR 20 million.