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until the end of the period of state of danger.’7 The state of danger lasts until the decision of the National Assembly,8 but given that Viktor Orbán’s party possesses a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly, the end date of the state of danger technically depended on his command. On June 18, the Act LVII of 2020 terminated the state of danger.9 Abolishing the rights of the data subject and freedom of information To fight the coronavirus pandemic, on March 16, 2020 the 46/2020 Government Decree granted the Minister responsible for Innovation and Technology access to all data available without limitations, including the personal data of citizens.10 Three weeks later, on April 6, 2020 the 93/2020 Government Decree allowed the operational staff, a body set up for the defence against the coronavirus,11 to request and gain access to information from any organisation, legal entity or entities without legal personality in order to perform its tasks.12 Furthermore, for the aforementioned purposes the operational body was also entitled to be informed about the persons affected by or suspected of having the coronavirus, as well as the persons in contact with them. Such information entailed among other things, personal identification data, contact information, health and register data. The operator of the National eHealth Infrastructure (Eletronikus Egészségügyi Szolgáltatási Tér, EESZT) also had to share all coronavirusrelated information with the operational staff, including personal data.13 Although access to information for the minister and the operational staff was guaranteed, limitations thereof and the details of the processing remained unaddressed. The 179/2020 (May 4, 2020) Government Decree enacted changes in the application of the 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its national implementation, the Act CXII of 2011 on Informational Self-Determination and Freedom of Information (Privacy Act) as well.14 In particular, any activity, in connection with applications concerning the practice of the rights of the data subject (such as the right to information, rectification, erasure, objection, etc.)15 were suspended until the end of Dispatches

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