Not every terrorist is a tourist, but every tourist is a terrorist Hungary: 2021-09-27 20:00
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Subtitle: The Death of Travelling?

From the 1st of September 2021, Hungarian legislation and authorities have executed full force on the VIZA (Closed Database of Guest Information) system.

To sum up: every humanoid unit, which wishes to stay at an accommodation is obliged to show his or her identity document to the accommodation service provider. Should this not happen, the accommodation is obliged to deny the stay and the service.

Giving answers to the whys don't bring any news: you won't ever believe this, again those terrorists. Looking at the dimensions, the weight of the legislation one may find it factual that Planet Earth became the mother planet of seven billion terrorist. And this number just grows bigger, the situation is getting worse and worse. It appears there are more and more terrorist in the world, yet the political systems, governments worldwide still — hug them and throw to them traveller vouchers, trick or treat snacks.

Since I'm also a frequent traveller, it naturally affects me too, so I sank deeper in this immediately sticky gray-legislation rubber bone without marrow. I read the above website back and forth, including the legal paragraphs too. Though I could be only optimist to expect an answer, but anyhow it is, I also sent the below questions to the turisztika@1818.hu email address.

First question: anyone, who runs an an accommodation, from now on is considered as an official person?
To my best knowledge only official persons, authorities are allowed to ask for personal identification documents. This has multiple premises: hiring requirements, years of studying, trainings, and regular aptitude tests. After these will they become official persons, with all the advantages and obligations of such.

Nowadays everyone got used to that in Hungary ticket inspectors too are considered as officials, also those are respected who intentionally turn off the ticket validating machines on the buses and the trams. Thus the passenger may realize that out of 3 machines only the last one is willing to validate the ticket. No passenger jam was at this time. He sat down satisfied to the seat, then from the shadows of the tram, a lady inspector like a vulture jumps to him: Did you really validate the ticket??? Give it to me!!! Missing the prey, the perspiration of disappointment could be sensed.

Therefore this law elevates everyone and anyone who run an accommodation will be an official person — just because they run an accommodation?

Second question: who, based on what criteria and how often checks that the property owner is capable of getting to know and process others' personal data?
Meaning, the owner is verified to have higher morals, knowledge and skills, more than for example in an ideal world would be prison-bound indifferent logistics companies, which don't move even the little finger but silently support crimes.

The vizainfo.hu reads that those accommodations which don't force the guests to provide their personal data, will be sanctioned by the trade authorities — but it doesn't give any answer whether the properties will go through any screening or aptitude tests?

Obviously those who are interested in, pushed forward this law into life don't spend the nights at the same accommodations where terrorist tourists stay, yet it would have been useful to take samples from the real world. There are many places which don't meet even the minimum requirements of being an accommodation — from now on such places even have the right to get to know the guests' personal data?

The full spectrum of scams is infinite. And the guest will learn these only on the spot, only personally, only after paying.

Third question: who, how and how often checks that the technical background of the property is adequate to get to know and process others' personal data?
Grabbing the ideas from the fluffy purple smoky cloud the deeply respected decision-makers surely never, but I indeed did _multiple times_ meet with the occasion, when the owner without any words took a photo of my passport's main page with his or her mobile phone's camera. Not I filled up the check-in form, I did not read it for him or her, didn't handle it over and then the owner wrote it on the check-in form (which has always been the case for decades) — but took a 100% real copy of my passport.

This means, my personal data is now in the Pictures folder on a mobile phone, which by good chances along with the my little baby dabbles in the bath. pictures will be unknowingly submitted forward to uncountable relatives, or uploaded to the social media or the fluffy cloud. I don't and cannot know the hygiene levels of the mobile phone. Neither about the scanned image on the computer, as nothing about the user's computer hygiene.

In this case what could the guest do — especially if the payment happened beforehand? Should he or she decide to cancel, how could be confident that the property owner indeed deleted the picture from his or her phone or computer? How could the guest demand the host about his or her knowledge of data remnance? How could be certain that the phone or the user customs won't forward the data to third parties?

Additionally the law stipulates only to present the identification document. The reality: accommodations ask to hand over the document for taking a photo of it or scanning.

Does this mean, that then the accommodation is breaking the law? Then, since it's an obligation for every citizen, must the guest report the accommodation to the police?

Fourth question: does the guest have the right to ask the identity card or any document from the person who introduces him or herself as the owner (or a trustee)?
The vizainfo.hu writes also about that if the owner can't meet with the guest then he or she must organize the registration with a colleague or trustee. All these secondary persons will be registered and screened by the trade authorities?

Fifth question: the details of the accommodation management software and scanners?
What are the requirements of the software and hardware backgrounds and specifications? Not to any surprise, the law introduces 12 winner companies who won the rights to write the software for getting the guests' private data. With a size and volume of such public IT tender, it would be nice to see at least a minimum level of credibility of them:

It's naivety and too high expectation, but still: ideally the source code built from public money would be publicly available. I reserve the rights to be wrong, but I'm not aware that any of them had, and it's difficult to believe that with such political device it will ever be.

Visually stunning and laymen the internet is a series of tubes knowledge base from the decision-makers, so it's a must to add: just because a software is accredited, it won't be secure. It will be only, if the running environment is also 100% secure. It's clear that vizainfo.hu is only a PR text, no exactness can be expected, but should have spent a bit more time on meaningful content. One won't get anywhere with the accredited seat belt, if the frame is made of paper or the driver is drunk. They should have consulted more with professionals, or interpret the answers with better reality.

The apps will go without words.

Have you read on many government websites worldwide, that they recommend to download and install the coronavirus tracker-registrar apps, reassure the citizen to shout into it: I have coronavirus! I'm in quarantine!?

Based on what agreement does the politics send the citizens and spread all their data from office to third parties?
It's not too difficult to imagine that most of the properties due to financial and convenience reasons will download and use the My Guest app to their mobile. Quite long and complicated story; if you've ever looked around in these operating systems, if you've ever written an addon or app and read through the pertaining licences and rights and the rest, then ideally at least one question has risen in yourself (to which, you never got a proper answer from the recipient).

Sixth question: how can the guest request the accommodation to prove that indeed a genuine, accredited and legally approved device will get the personal data?
Is there a list somewhere of all these scanners and their specifications? Does the guest have the right to see the property's trade licences, to record the serial number of the device?

Seventh question: how will the law and the courts process the shifty and/or humanly or technically unskilled property owners?
This law already loudly yells about not even remotely caring guests' interests. Let's assume:

Let's assume that the guest already paid the accommodation, but for some reasons doesn't find the owner either personal or technical circumstances satisfactory. To cancel the contract and get a refund, which property owner will admit that he or she in fact has less than zero knowledge about computer security?

The answer, would be? It's none of our business, it's your problem. Prosecute the property owner if you have any problems, get a lawyer, go to the court, whatever, just leave us peace to build our country into the bright future.

Terrorists are not tourists
I would love to hear about it with honest happiness, that one day authorities with proven facts could proceed because of the VIZA system. Until that day, the fact remains, this law is worth just as much as GDPR: time has proven that it has bigger smoke than fire, it will catch only the lunk fishes. The rest have already bought up the real estates, or with full confidence will stay anywhere in the world at the groups of acquaintances, under the radar. One more occasion when a machine gun was brought to catch a sparrow.

The timing? Must admit, could not be more perfect. Honestly. Bigger part of Hungary is feasting that public transportation is now free under 14 years (So the BKK is making big revenue now? The intentionally turned off ticket validating machines squeezed the juicy fruit?), the tourist season has ended too, and by next year nobody will ask questions anymore. How could care at all about such nuisances when the woman and the kids are yelling, they want to go to the beach. Priorities and Maslow's Pyramid always win. This is already natural for the narcissism of the selfie-generations. Would be hard to expect otherwise. There are free transportation, free beer, free bread and free vaccination.

Tourists are not terrorists
The 21st democratic century can welcome one more grey rubber law. How unbalanced and unreasonable is it, how much does it only hit by muscle, how not even remotely tries to be minimally in the same lane of reality, one could write long pages. My forecast sees more friction between the owners and the guests; even experienced travellers will treat differently this forced source of extra stress. In the moment they handle over their personal documents and data, from that point they can't ever be certain again, where will those end up and for what purposes.

Decision-makers aren't worried an inch: the important thing is that anyone, but someone must be punishable. Code words are already part of the daily lives: terrorism, illnesses. Pick any of them, politics can easily do anything with them.

Pro tip: if you speak Hungarian, count the occurrences of these words on the VIZA site: jogszabály (legislation), törvény (law), törvényben meghatározott (mandated by law), kötelező (mandatory), kötelesség (obligation), szankcionál (sanction), megtagad (refuse).
After all, the system is happy because carved into legality with a rock drill they get seven billion terrorists' among others actual travelling habits, accommodation preferences, travelling budgets, marital status…whereabouts. The property owners are happy because they get petting from above. The guests are happy … why exactly?

Maybe they start to agree: it's not mandatory to travel. It's especially not a good idea to visit police states ran by mass of civilians.

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