Spain’s Data Protection Agency warns polling supervisors of fines of up to €300,000
Equivalent Catalan body responds that executive to be exclusively responsible for any irregularities in handling of personal data on voting day
Spain’s Data Protection Agency has joined the efforts to prevent the October 1 referendum from taking place. The agency warned all citizens appointed as polling supervisors in Sunday’s referendum that they may incur fines of between €40,000 and €300,000 each for assisting in the vote. According to the agency, using or transferring the list of voters provided by the Catalan government could be a violation of Spanish law.
“If in the vote planned for October 1 polling supervisors are given a copy of the so-called Catalan list of voters, they will not be able to use this data as members of an electoral body or as an individual,” Spain’s Data Protection Agency said.
"The people who are supervising the polling places are not responsible for the use of personal data, as it is the relevant electoral administration that is responsible"
Catalan Authority for Data Protection
However, the equivalent agency in Catalonia denied the warnings. “The people who are supervising the polling places are not responsible for the use of personal data, as it is the relevant electoral administration that is responsible,” said the Catalan authority. In other words, the Catalan authorities will be to blame in the event of any irregularities over the handling of data.
Although the Catalan Authority for Data Protection did not say whether they think the law is being broken, it made it clear that the Spanish agency has no jurisdiction over the Catalan executive, as those powers are reserved for the Catalan Authority, said the body.