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Credibility of Carlos Alvarado government, in suspense due to scandal of Presidential Data Protection Unit

The President of Costa Rica and his team are under judicial investigation for the creation of UPAD: the Executive Branch is accused of prevarication, violation of personal data and abuse of authority. The case has already led to the resignation of six officials, the search of the Presidential House and the ICE data center.

Two years after having taken office, President Carlos Alvarado faces his biggest conflict due to the scandal of the Presidential Data Protection Unit. Six officials have already been displaced, including Víctor Morales, Alvarado's right-hand man. In turn, the president's cell phones, both the officer and the staff, were seized. From there, evidence was extracted that indicates him as the person who ordered the creation of the organism; also, the information in the devices confirms that the Ministry of Justice had given UPAD personal information of 16,000 prisoners in 2019.

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