Atheists protest listing of religion on school forms
The Atheists’ Union of Greece has lodged a complaint with the country’s privacy watchdog claiming that the Education Ministry’s demand that religious identity be listed in official documents is in breach of personal data protection laws.
In a complaint filed with the Hellenic Data Protection Authority (HDPA), the union protested the mandatory mention of individuals’ religious beliefs on graduation certificates, on the nationwide MySchool database, on university and technical college (TEI) student registers, and when applying for an opt-out from religious education courses at school.
“Religious or philosophical beliefs constitute personal data and as such should not be recorded and processed,” the union – which has around 1,000 members – said.
President Prokopis Pavlopoulos lays a wreath on the grave of Cretan writer Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957) in Iraklio, on Saturday, during a series of events marking 2017 as the Year of Nikos Kazantzakis. The simple gravestone is engraved with the epitaph ‘I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.’ Kazantzakis’s grave is located at the summit of a hill outside the city.