個人資料保護辦公室

Gabinete para a Protecção de Dados Pessoais

Office for Personal Data Protection

Updated:2013/12/02
Question:
According to the Administrative Procedural Code, a person against whom a law-enforcing action is to be taken must be informed of the action via a return registered letter. Since the data subject tend to provide incorrect addresses, it is often difficult to contact them. As an alternative, notices are often made via newspapers. If the notices bear only the names of the data subject, the information may not be adequate for identification. How do we solve this problem?

Answer:
When collecting personal data, the collecting party must provide its personal data collection statement to the data subject. To ensure their rights to information, it is advisable to first indicate the purposes and use of the personal data, and then indicate that, where other means of contact fail or the data subject do not pay their fines, notices bearing their personal data will be made via newspapers. As government agencies fulfill their responsibilities by exercising public power, they do not have to obtain consent of the data subject before making the disclosure in the newspapers.

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