Human translation into English:
Who keeps the data of the 110,000
Jehovah's Witnesses in Spain?
A group of former members denounce
"breaches" of the protection law; the congregation emphasizes that
they comply with the law
@IgnasiJorro 16.04.2017 00:00 h.
Who keeps the data of the more than
110,000 Jehovah's Witnesses (TJ) in Spain? A group of ex-members of the cult
denounce "breaches" of the Organic Law of Data Protection (LOPD)
within the congregation. The legal services of the organization respond that
they "abide laws " in this matter.
AbusosTJ, which brings together
people who denounce sexual assault when they were part of the millenarian cult,
warns that JW "asks for data from the people they preach without asking
them to sign the cession."
According to the same source, JW
branch "replies some requests for cancellation out the deadline"
which, in there view, "can be complicated for people of public notoriety
who decide to leave the cult."
Asked about the accusations, a
spokesman for the JW legal services in Ajalvir (Madrid) has categorically
denied them. "The Witnesses only ask for the personal data necessary for
the proper functioning of the organization, just like any other entity,"
When the person leaves the
organization "all data, except those strictly necessary, such as the first
and last name, in case this person decides to rejoin" are deleted. This
minimum file scope would serve for the "good organizational order" of
With regard to complaints to the
Spanish Agency for Data Protection (AEPD), the spokesman stressed that
"there are requirements that have been settled globally in favor of the
Asked about the dispute between
alleged victims of abuse and the hierarchy of the JW, Eloi Font, Managing Partner
of the law firm specializing in digital law Font Advocats, recalled that the religious
organizations datas "are especially sensitive."
"These datas are protected by the
maximum protection level, which means that the user must be able to exercise
their rights of modification, rectification or cancellation, that they must be
protected, their custody must be notified to the AEPD and specific contracts
must be signed with suppliers if they access data "said the lawyer.
In case of cancellation, regarding one
of the assumptions insufficiently covered according to AbusosTJ, Mr. Font sheds
more light. "The information is not erased, it is blocked, every data has
a limitation period for public administrations, justice and taxation. The file
should be blocked in order not to be used, and erased as the term