Lisbon council faces ‘multi-million fine’ for sharing personal data with Russians

The extraordinary story of how Lisbon council furnished the Russian embassy with personal details (including telephone numbers and addresses) of activists who mounted a protest against Russia’s imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny has developed in spite of attempts to play the whole episode down. Specialists in data protection laws stress the council faces a ‘multi-million’ euro fine for breaking the law. The worst of this story is what was initially presented as a ‘one-off lapse’ has actually been found to be ‘endemic practice’: the council is understood to have shared the personal details of activists involved in mounting protests outside the embassies of China and Venezuela as well.