Data protection win

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Data protection win
SANTA POLA: Town hall faces fine for data protection deficiencies Photo credit: Halina Frederiksen

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

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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.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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