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President Pal Schmitt has appointed Attila Peterfalvi the head of Hungary's National Data Protection and Freedom of Information Authority, Politics.hu reports. The new authority--established by Parliament as an independent entity to replace the data protection ombudsman--will retain the duties of the ombudsman but will be more in line with EU legislation, the report states. Peterfalvi, who will serve a nine-year term beginning January 1, will have broader powers than the ombudsman and may impose fines of up to €33,000. Peterfalvi served as Hungary's data protection ombudsman from 2001-2007.
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