The Personal Data Will Be Better Protected
13.11.2014
12:30
The "Personal Data Protection" new draft law would provide a higher degree of citizens’ data protection, claimed Liana Ghaltaghchyan, head of Legislative Analysis and Improvement Department of the Ministry of Justice of RA during the discussion held at the Media Center.

''The draft law does not regulate the operative-investigative activities, personal, state and official data that are processed during the trials ... and a set of legal relations are regulated as much as their specific provisions are not regulated by other laws,'' said Liana Ghaltaghchyan.

To make the protection of citizens' personal data more efficient, the bill proposes to create an authorized body.  Through an administrative proceeding it will have the authority to appeal the decisions of those state agencies that violate the legality of personal data.

Haykuhi Harutyunyan, the head of  “Protection of rights without borders’’ NGO’s noticed that "The Personal Data Protection" bill does not have a framework of an integrated system unlike many European countries where the data about a person are collected in specific centers and the state agencies use them whenever needed.

The speaker claimed that the unified system is significant, as a person can monitor in a more competent and systematized way what kind of data the state agencies have processed or are currently processing about him/her.

Samvel Martirosyan, an IT security sphere expert, believes that the idea of creating an authorized body is a good one, but if the responsibility is only on the state, then the corruption risks will be high.

The bill provides fines for those who violate the law. Expert Andranik Markosyan thinks that in some European countries there is a distinction between an act that was committed maliciously and one that was not, but in Armenia such approach is not common.  Liana Ghaltaghchyan claims that this kind of differentiation is not correct.

Gevorg Hayrapetyan, Freedom of Information Center's lawyer had some other observations on the issue. The representative of the Ministry of Justice urged the participants to send recommendations on the draft law. They will be discussed and if necessary the respective amendments will be made.  

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