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the state of danger.16 To reiterate: a government decree of an EU Member State suspended the provisions of a directly applicable EU regulation. Decisions of the government affected not only the right to the protection of personal data but also freedom of expression and information. Besides expanding the definition of the crime of scaremongering with a new behaviour (“impediment of defence against pandemic situation�),17 requests for access to data of public interest and data accessible on public interest18 could be submitted only in written form and shall be fulfilled not later than 45 days, instead of 15, with a possible extension for another 45 days.19 However, in some sectors the original deadlines were to be kept, whenever possible. The coronavirus website An official website has been established for sharing information about the coronavirus.20 The website provides information and updates to Hungarian citizens concerning news, restrictions, guidance, contact information, hotlines, and global, national, and regional statistics (etc.). The website also lists the deceased, together with information about their age, gender, and chronic diseases (if any).21 As the list was established at an early stage of the epidemic (March 31, 2020), when the number of deceased was low, identification of the deceased in certain cases was possible, harming the right of reverence.22 Surveillance of the quarantined In light of these actions, the quarantine software deployed in Hungary has to be mentioned. Hungarian citizens, arriving to the country from abroad via passenger traffic, had to undergo epidemiological surveillance and place themselves in quarantine for 14 days.23 The supervision thereof was the responsibility of the police.24 On May 4, 2020 the 181/2020 Government Decree made it possible to perform this supervision not only in person but also through software. Based on the consent of the person in self-quarantine, adherence to the respective rules could be supervised through the tracing of their movement, as well as through the processing of their facial image and provided health data. Consent to the installation and use of the software was

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