SANTA POLA town hall faces a fine for ignoring a resident’s complaint regarding data protection rights.
In summer 2019, the unnamed male objected when a Policia Local officer used his personal phone to photograph his identity document.
The complainant asked the Policia Local police chief to clarify whether this was permitted and, when his doubts were not cleared up, he requested help from the town hall’s Data Protection delegation
In March 2020 he was informed in writing that Santa Pola lacked a delegation and he should instead contact Spain’s Data Protection Agency.
He acted on this advice and by last September, after the town hall had failed to respond to the Agency’s enquiries, the official body announced that the local government had infringed five articles of the country’s Data Protection regulations and would be fined.