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Ministry of Ministry: Findings on e-mail gate presented to authorities – disciplinary action recommended

Ministry of Ministry: Findings on e-mail gate presented to authorities – disciplinary action recommended

The Interior Ministry's decision was handed down in a scandal that leaked voters' personal data overseas for the benefit of ND MEP Anna Michelle Asimakopoulou, known as the email gate.

The leak was determined during the period when the country was under a caretaker government, between May and June 2023, when Kalliopi Spanu was interior minister.

According to the relevant announcement of the Ministry of the Interior, “an important aspect of the discovery is the verification of non-institutionalized traffic within the Ministry of the Interior during the period May – June 2023. Greek citizens living abroad and registered to vote in the 2023 parliamentary elections”.

“Illegal Trafficking”

According to the Home Ministry, the decision recommends disciplinary action based on the findings. “Recommendations to further strengthen security measures relating to the protection of personal data are also included,” it says.

The decision was presented by Interior Minister Niki Geramios and Deputy Interior Minister Theodoros Livanios to the head of the Athens Prosecutor's Office and the head of the Personal Data Protection Commission.

At the same time, the Ministry of Home Affairs underlined that the minister and the deputy minister are “undertaking procedures for the disciplinary actions in question and procedures to further strengthen security measures related to the safety of individuals”. Information”.

It is worth recalling that Michalis Stavrianoudakis, Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior, and Nikos Theodoropoulos, Secretary of Apodimon of the ND, were previously dismissed for the personal data leak scandal. Accordingly, Anna Michele Asimakopoulou was not included in the ruling party's European ballot.

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A press release issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs in this regard:

“The political leadership of the Ministry of the Interior said from the first moment that the case of complaints about sending emails to Greek citizens living abroad would be fully clarified.

For this reason, on the first working day after citizens' complaints, Minister Niki Keramios and Deputy Minister Theodoris Livanios were ordered to conduct an internal audit at the Ministry of Interior.

The Ministry's Internal Audit Unit carried out a thorough audit, which led to a detailed conclusion, which it presented today to the head of the Athens Prosecutor's Office and the head of the Personal Data Protection Commission. Investigations.

The central element of this discovery is the verification of the personal data of Greek citizens residing abroad who registered to vote in the Parliament in 2023, within the Ministry of the Interior, during the May – June 2023 period, institutionally unsolicited traffic. Elections.

Recommends disciplinary action based on findings. Recommendations to further strengthen security measures related to the protection of personal data are also included.

Based on the internal audit findings, the Minister and the Deputy Minister are continuing the procedures for the aforementioned disciplinary actions as well as further strengthening of safeguards related to the protection of personal data”.