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20th June, 2019

Festival visitors must show ID

All those wishing to attend large festivals in Hungary will have to show identification, according to a bill filed by Fidesz MPs Gergely Gulyás and Máté Kocsis and Christian Democrat Lőrinc Nacsa.

The law will apply to festivals and events with more than 25,000 tickets sold, in order to fight terrorism, the bill says.

All visitors will have to give their name, citizenship, birthdate, gender, and a photograph, and will have to specify the country of issue of their identifying documents.

Personal data will be stored for 90 days and must be given to authorities on request.

Hungary’s largest festival organiser, Sziget, welcomed the bill, saying it confirms its earlier practice.

Earlier, privacy protection authority NAIH has fined Sziget Ft 30 million, because festival visitors complained that the company was scanning their personal ID.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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