On the last hundred meters of the self-review process in Romania, the lawyer Gheorghe Piperea made several statements urging Romanians not to self-review because, in his opinion, “he steals your personal data”. Predictably, the reality is a bit more complex than that, and the INS, responsible for this statistical effort, have already published a statement with additional clarifications on the “conspiracy”.
According to the statements of lawyer Gheorghe Piperea posted on Facebook, Romanians must avoid self-review and wait for the reviewer at the door in order for their data to be processed. Not the other way around, but in his opinion, if this process takes place online, the authorities will be in possession of our data, which can then be provided further on the Internet. “After self-review, they will know you better than you know yourself,” the lawyer insists.
Where the lawyer Gheorghe Piperea is wrong
Although he urges to avoid self-review and has several “arguments” in this regard, the same lawyer points out that he is not an expert in the field and can not give “detailed answers / solutions”. However, he is very likely to have sparked a rather conspiracy, given that the original news of his exhortations is among the most read on the internet in the last 24 hours, and his post has almost 10,000 reactions and over 3000 shares.
“It is, in the first phase, digital, putting you in the position of self-review; if you do, you donate your personal data, property information and “news” about personal relationships and health / illness, state, banks, pharma and IT companies; all your person, all your patrimony, become computerized, after which they will know you better than you know yourself; your control and even your cancellation as a person with rights and freedoms will be child’s play; I will not self-review “, insists the lawyer with approximately 150,000 followers on Facebook.
On the other side of the barricade, since the publication of the Methodology for Census and Data Processing in the Population and Housing Census, the INS has addressed exactly this detailed scenario above. “There is no way to link data to individuals because the data will be entered in encrypted form, making it impossible to identify individuals.
The CNPs filled in the census questionnaires will not be processed, they will be automatically converted (encrypted) into a statistical code (Unique Statistical Identifier – ISU) consisting of 40 characters, the encoding with ISU being an irreversible encryption, ie ISU is it can turn back into CNP, so no one will be able to identify it. This information is only used to facilitate the completion of questionnaires, as well as for quality control measures, so as to avoid omissions or double registration. The results can be disseminated only in aggregate, with a sufficiently secure level of aggregation so that it is not possible to directly or indirectly identify a person / persons “, insisted the officials of the National Institute of Statistics.
Finally, Romanians still have until May 27, 2022 to self-review, the initial deadline being May 15. From then on, there will be a period of about two months in which a person will knock on your door to carry out the census in the traditional format. The weird part and an additional argument for the fact that the lawyer is wrong in his urge is that those who will step on your doorstep will also fill in the data online, probably with a tablet but certainly on the same ONLINE platform.