Identities of certain party donors needn’t be revealed

Identities of certain party donors needn’t be revealed

Private individuals who donate less than 5,000 euros to political parties have the right to remain anonymous, according to a recommendation by the Hellenic Data Protection Authority (HDPA).

The authority said that publicizing the names of such individuals is a violation of laws regarding personal data.

The HDPA was tasked with making its recommendation after the Greek Communist Party (KKE) refused to heed a demand by a parliamentary committee that it post online the identities of private individuals who made donations below 5,000 euros.

KKE said the disclosure of sensitive personal data infringes on an individual’s constitutional freedoms, including the right to support political parties with money or other means.

It said that among the donors of amounts of less than 5,000 euros to KKE were party lawmakers.

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