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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has determined “Hungary violated European Union law by firing the head of its data protection agency (DPA) in 2012,” The Wall Street Journal reports. In its judgment Tuesday, the CJEU found national DPAs “must not be bound by instructions of any kind” and their decision-making processes “must be free from political influence,” noting if a government can fire staff before their terms’ end, “that authority might be prompted to enter into a form of prior compliance with political powers.” The CJEU has ordered Hungary to comply “without delay” but has not specified “what form compliance should take,” the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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