The Ministry of the Interior said it did not have any information on how or why a Russian website was used to measure the intellectual capabilities of Hungarian children in state care, reports 444.
The Democratic Union of Teachers (PDSZ) made a data request in the public interest from the Ministry of the Interior, which is responsible for education, after it was reported in August that children in state custody were being administered IQ tests on a Russian site called “Testometrika.”
Testometrika’s own legal notices state that visitors unconditionally consent to having their personal data handled by the site. After it receives such information, Testometrika can gather, sort, store, update, and use the data in any way permitted by Russian law.
According to Telex, the website does not appear in psychology-related academic literature, and it remains unclear what the point of taking the test at all was, as well as the government’s intentions with it. Also not clear is whether there were any qualified specialists involved in the test-taking process.
The National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (NAIH) later ruled that there was a direct possibility of legal infringement, as the personal data of the participating children or their guardians could be transferred to a third-party data controller. NAIH called on the National Child Protection Services (OGYSZ) to terminate the data management request made for this and delete the personal data that had been generated.
After PDSZ asked the ministry in its data request about what sort of background decisions were involved regarding the use of the Testometrika platform as an IQ test, the Ministry of the Interior replied that it “does not have the requested data.” [444, Telex]