Ukrainian Ombudsperson's Office says law enforcers have initiated criminal proceedings over the publication on the Internet of personal data of 500 soldiers who had taken part in the Joint Forces Operation in the Donbas warzone.

"As a result of the response on the part of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights, publication of personal data was halted, namely date of birth, address, tax info, passport details, and telephone numbers, of about 500 soldiers who had taken part in hostilities (involved in urgent measures to overcome the terrorist threat and preserve Ukraine's territorial integrity) in a list of applications for land plots in the town of Dubno," the Office wrote on Facebook on November 5.

The Dubno Police Department in Rivne region opened a criminal case under Part 1 of Article 182 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (violation of personal privacy) to verify the legality of storage, use, and non-consensual dissemination of confidential personal data.

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