How GDPR is used to threaten investigative journalists
by Dr Raluca Radu
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was meant to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy. It wasn’t meant to be used as a tool to abuse journalists. However, this is exactly what seems to have happened in Romania.
Liviu Dragnea and reporters. Photo: Partidul Social Democrat/CC BY 2.0
Rise Project, a Romanian team of investigative journalists working on anti-corruption stories that follow the money, were recently threatened with a fine of up to 20 million euros by the Romanian data protection authority, if they do not cease the publication of a series of investigations, give…