Zurich Cantonal Council debates data scandal
Now Fehr has to provide answers!
For years, the Zurich Justice Department was sloppy when it came to disposing of hard drives. Sensitive data ended up in the wrong hands and ultimately in the Zurich milieu. Justice Director Jacqueline Fehr has to approach the cantonal council on Monday.
The prosecuting authorities seized tens of hard drives from the Zurich Department of Justice from Roland Gisler, who had previously been convicted.
The data scandal at the Zurich Department of Justice caused a sensation in December. No wonder: A story like this could hardly be invented better.
Blick revealed how the Zurich Department of Justice has been sloppy in disposing of computers for years. Hard drives with unencrypted, highly sensitive data got into the Zurich milieu through shady characters. If the authorities had had their way, the public would never have known about it.
The Zurich milieu lawyer Valentin Landmann (72) is responsible for the fact that the data leak became known. His client, the Milieu-Beizer Roland Gisler (58), had handed over 20 hard drives from the Zurich Justice Department to the court in the course of a court case. Gisler had received this from his brother, who was responsible for disposal.
Fehr must provide answers
The Zurich cantonal council now wants to thoroughly work through the story. Two urgent interpellations on the case will therefore be discussed on Monday. Justice Director Jacqueline Fehr (59, SP) must personally answer questions from the cantonal council.
Because the bourgeois parties want to know everything in detail and have submitted an extensive catalog of questions. When the Zurich data scandal was last discussed in the cantonal parliament in mid-December 2022, Fehr was able to postpone the process. It was said at the time that she could not comment on everything.
For this purpose, Milieu-Beizer Gisler appeared in person and deposited further hard drives full of sensitive data in Parliament in front of the cameras. It is unlikely that it will be this spectacular again.
PUK for data leak not excluded
In the end, however, it could be spectacular: Because then it is a matter of whether a Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (PUK) is used. In the middle of the Zurich election campaign, it is unlikely that the conservative parties will let the case slide.
That would be heavy artillery. Such a commission of inquiry is the most severe means that Parliament can use and would work through the whole case again in detail.
There has not been a PUK in the canton of Zurich for ten years. At that time it was about the civil service insurance fund of the canton of Zurich, which was in financial difficulties.
Blick reports live from the cantonal council from 8.15 a.m. (tom/oco)