Data Inspectorate questions arrival registration process

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The Data State Inspectorate (DVI) has concerns about whether the written questionnaires completed by travelers will actually be processed and data will not be collected unnecessarily, Latvian Radio reported July 20.

DVI Director Jekaterina Macuka said in an interview with Latvian Radio that the main objection is the way in which data are collected.

“If we realize that there are many arrivals, there are thousands of questionnaires, will it really be possible to select them and use them for the purpose for which they are intended? If we as a country collect human data, we must use it for the benefit of people. If we can't do it, then maybe it's not worth collecting. In such a case, a digital tool would be more appropriate,” Macuka said.

As previously reported, a digital tool for data collection would come later. Meanwhile, arrivals are completing written questionnaires on paper.

For the time being, DVI has not been objected to by arrivals.

"COVID-19 is a special situation which requires different means from the State, more action, and therefore more data can be processed in the relevant situation, more monitoring of human behavior is done. (..) it is logical and reasonable that the country  processes the data more,” Macuka said.

From 16 July, every arrival in Latvia using international carrier services is registered as part of efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. Private travelers are checked on a random basis.

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