How Hungary used citizens’ covid data to help the ruling party | The Economist

queste cose non succedono…
fino a quando succedono.

certo, noi non siamo l’ungheria di Orban
E nemmeno l’Ungheria di Orban lo era, prima di Orban…

e’ doveroso considerare il perimetro interno ad una amministrazione come non trustworthy…

Invito a leggere queste riflessioni sul tema della trasparenza e del controllo nei servizi digitali dell’amministrazione.

Source: The Economist

IN DECEMBER 2020, when Hungary’s health authority set up a website for citizens to register for covid-19 vaccinations, it included a tick-box for those who wanted to receive further information. Gabor Toka, a political-science professor, found it odd that the box did not specify that future communications should be about covid. To see what would happen, he ticked the box for his own registration but left it unticked for his mother’s. Some months later, when Hungary’s general-election campaign swung into gear, he found that he (but not his mother) started to get campaign emails from the ruling party, Fidesz.

Mr Toka was not the only one. A report published on December 1st by Human Rights Watch suggests that Fidesz seems to have gained access to state databases and used them to send campaign messages to voters. In addition to emails, people got phone calls and text messages from Fidesz candidates urging them to vote and reminding them what a wonderful job the government was doing.

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, has been erasing the boundaries between the state and Fidesz ever since coming to power in 2010. He has used his two-thirds majority in parliament to overhaul the constitution and pack the courts with sympathetic judges. Friendly businessmen have taken over nearly all of the country’s media outlets and put most of them under the control of a foundation whose board is appointed by Fidesz members. Before elections, Mr Orban routinely has the government’s information office stage “national consultations”: bogus surveys which ask every citizen biased questions, such as whether they support showing explicit sexual content to children, implying that the opposition does.

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