Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi’s position as Parliamentary Secretary for EU funds is no longer tenable, Partit Nazzjonalista said in a statement on Saturday.
The Opposition said that responsibility has to be shouldered over the data leak which recently came to light. Personal data of over 300,000 voters including their ID card details, names, addresses, gender, phone numbers, date of birth and voting preference was leaked online. The data which allegedly originated from Partit Laburista was being held by C Planet IT Solutions Ltd.
The company in question is owned by Philip Farrugia, brother-in-law to Zrinzo Azzopardi. Farrugia’s company also was responsible for the system of Zrinzo Azzopardi’s law firm where he worked prior to his appointment as Parliamentary Secretary. Newsbook.com.mt had subsequently revealed that client data of SZA was also online.
The Data Protection Commissioner has launched an investigation into the leak while the police are also investigating the case. Civil society organisations the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation and Repubblika have launched a class action against the breach.
Partit Laburista distanced itself from the incident saying that the data was handled internally and that it used a different IT company.
Partit Nazzjonalista in a statement signed by its spokesperson for Citizens’ Rights, Claudette Buttigieg, said that the breach showed that the right to privacy of citizens was being breached in favour of the interests of some within our society.
The Opposition reminded that Zrinzo Azzopardi was Partit Laburista’s president between 2008 and 2013. It argued that those involved in the case continue denying what is known and that the personal data of private individuals ended up in the hands of a private company which has close connections to Parliamentary Secretary Zrinzo Azzopardi.
“The position of Zrinzo Azzopardi as a Parliamentary Secretary is no longer tenable, and he should be removed from his position,” Buttigieg said.
“Partit Nazzjonalista expects the Information and Data Protection Commissioner as well as the Police to investigate the case in the shortest time possible so that people will know the whole truth,” the statement reads.