Organisers of major musical festivals will be obliged in future to collect and keep personal data of participants under a law passed by parliament on Friday.

The purpose of the law, sponsored by the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance and adopted with 128 votes for, 48 against and 9 abstentions, is to enhance crime prevention, with special regard to terrorist activities.

The law stipulates that organisers should in future capture the names, nationality, date and time of birth, sex, the country issuing the identification, as well as the photo of those buying tickets for musical events attended by over 25,000 people.

Under the legislation, the information should be kept for 90 days after the event and destroyed after that period. The police, counter-terrorism force TEK, the tax authority, prosecutors’ offices and law courts may have access to the information upon written request.

The amendment will take effect 15 days after its publication.

The leftist Democratic Coalition earlier protested against the bill.

Hungary is the host to a number of amazing festivals, both popular and critically acclaimed ones. What is behind this outstanding success? Read HERE.

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