Athe­ists protest list­ing of re­li­gion on school forms

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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.

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