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SP rules out personal data leak

The social insurance provider Sociálna Poisťovňa (SP) said it’s impossible for personal data about policyholders in the pensions' second, or private, pillar to be leaked from its systems, SP general director Ivan Bernátek said on October 9.

In his reaction to opposition MPs' statement on that day, Bernátek said that he regarded it as a smear against SP, as well as against him personally.

MPs of the three opposition parties announced they would take legal action against an unknown perpetrator because of a violation of the Act on the Protection of Personal Data, and file a suit at the Slovak Office for Personal Data Protection. The reason was the information that some opposition MPs were not participating in the second pension pillar, which Smer MP Jana Valová mentioned on the Slovak Radio politics show Z Prvej Ruky (At First Hand) on October 2. She claimed she had obtained the information from an unnamed private pension-saving company.

Members of the Petition for the Protection of the Second Pillar Council said they would join the motion. Ondrej Dostál from the non-parliamentary Civic Conservative Party (OKS) has filed a criminal complaint linked to an alleged breach of the personal data protection law by an unknown offender.

"This violation may have been caused, in my view, by the promulgation of information that MPs Iveta Radičová (SDKÚ), Klára Sarkozy (SMK), Mikuláš Dzurinda, Magdaléna Vášáryová, Tomáš Galbavy (all SDKÚ) and Július Brocka (KDH) didn't sign up for the second pillar of the pension system," Dostál said.

Council members said on the same day they would probably file a criminal complaint at the Prosecutor General's Office in connection with an alleged breach of personal data protection law.

KDH vice-chairman Július Brocka has expressed suspicion that the source of this information could have been SP.

According to Bernátek, the breach of information from the insurer is prevented by particularly strict division of competencies, and the restrictions concerning access to data. He also explained another way that can be used by someone in order to obtain such data:

"A policyholder is obliged to inform his employer whether he or she is or isn't a saver (in the second pillar)."

-TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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