Mass download of Poles’ personal data sparks fears

PAP reports:

Downloading personal data from the national identification number (PESEL) database is well within the rights of bailiff offices, as a way of verifying if they are targeting the right person.

But the sheer amount of downloads has raised concerns that the data may have been used for purposes other than intended.

For example, one of the bailiff offices has collected the data of more than 800,000 people and filed nearly 1.8 million queries to the database since March 2015 alone.

A spokesman for the Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw said, however, that so far there has been no indication of a data leak and no instance of personal data being handled by unauthorized persons.


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