In April, local authorities changed the internal procedures of demonstrations to protect the personal data of protesters.
The Lisbon City Council announced that after a complaint from Russian activists who shared data with the Russian Embassy, it has changed the internal procedures of the demonstration to protect the personal data of the protesters.
“Since April 18, internal procedures have changed. In the subsequent demonstrations (Israel, Cuba and Angola), the sponsor’s data was not shared with the embassy,” the Lisbon City Council (CML) said in a statement.
The case of the Russian militants dates back to January 18, when they requested authorization to sit in in solidarity with the Russian opponent Alexei Navalny detained in Russia, with a view to his release.
The Express reported on Wednesday that data on Russian citizens related to the protest organization had been shared with the Russian Embassy and forwarded to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In a statement issued today, CML confirmed that “in accordance with the provisions of the law (Decree No. 406/74), it has received data from three organizers” and that the information was “sent by CML’s technical services” according to the demonstration General procedure, to the PSP/MAI and the entity/place of the demonstration (in this case, the Russian Consular Service Embassy).
After forwarding these data, CML received a complaint requesting the deletion of personal data related to the Russian embassy/consular service and other entities in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (RGPD).
The municipality subsequently initiated “internal procedures to analyze the situation.”
The document reads: “According to current legislation, the receiving entity should continue to delete data.”
“CML regrets that in this case, the duplication of the procedures established for normal democratic operations has not been proven to be sufficient. Aware of this reality, the procedures were immediately changed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation to Better protection of rights to demonstrations and freedom of speech are the basic pillars of democratic Portugal,” the statement promised.
At the same time, the Chamber of Commerce “strongly” rejects all accusations and hints of collusion with the Russian regime, believing that the majority of people’s purpose is only “the obvious political use of municipal services.”
After the case, Carlos Moedas, a PSD candidate for the Lisbon Chamber of Commerce, has asked Mayor Fernando Medina to resign. After Expresso reported, the position has been published on social networks and daily Media spread CML has sent data on Russian activists living in Portugal to Russia.