Former minister faces lawsuit over alleged personal data mismanagement

A Czech association of people with disabilities along with a human rights group, Iuridicum Remedium, on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against former labour and social affairs minister Jaromír Drábek and his deputy Vladimír Šiška over a new electronic system of providing welfare benefits. Under the new system, people would receive welfare via electronic cards known as S-Cards. The groups say the officials provided personal data of welfare recipients to the Česká spořitelna bank which runs the system, which is something the ministry was not authorized to do. The new system has come under heavy criticism from the opposition; Prime Minister Petr Nečas said participation in the new system should be voluntary.

Author: Jan Richter