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Bulgaria: CPDP issues statement on legality of Ministry's Coronavirus data processing

The Commission for Personal Data Protection ('CPDP') issued, on 25 March 2020, a statement ('the Statement') on the legality of the processing of personal data by the Ministry of Interior ('the Ministry') during the COVID-19 ('Coronavirus') crisis. In particular, the Statement highlights that the Ministry's collection of declarations from citizens passing through checkpoints around Bulgaria is a temporary measure and concerns a limited number of persons whose data are processed. The Statement highlights that the legislation on the protection of personal data allows for the possibility of limiting the scope of rights and freedoms of citizens under the conditions of Article 23 of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) ('GDPR') and that the Ministry's personal data processing is necessary and proportionate in order to guarantee public health and the prevention of crime.

You can read the Statement, only available in Bulgarian, here.