The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project claims the Romanian government is using the EU General Data Protection Regulation to interfere with its investigation of government corruption, EUobserver reports. Romania’s data protection authority sent a letter to the OCCRP about its probe, asking the group to turn over Facebook posts that may reveal the journalists' sources. Should the group refuse the demand, it could face a daily fine of 644 euros. Chief European Commission spokesperson Margaritis Schinas has warned Romania not to use the GDPR against any media groups, saying, "It is of upmost importance that Romanian authorities implement that obligation in national law, to provide exemptions and derogations to protect journalist sources, in particular, from the powers of the data protection authority."
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