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Ms Miroslava Matoušová, senior counselor for government affairs at the Office for Personal Data Protection, provided a closing presentation focused on data protection landscape under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
“Consistent and unified application of the data protection rules will have to be ensured across the Union.” emphasized Ms Matoušová and added that travelling together with personal data should also their protection. Moreover, she pointed out that the regulation does not prevent from national divergences: “GDPR contains articles that in fact provide for the possibility to limit the extent of obligations and to establish varying national solutions.”
The regulation, once effective, will in many respects be in accord with the existing data protection act (No. 101/2000 Coll.) “Principles of data processing like purpose limitation, data minimization, accuracy or confidentiality will remain unchanged.” confirmed Ms Matoušová.
The other way round, enhanced attention will be given to the security of data. However, it is true here as well that methods like pseudonymization or logs will rather be recommended and sanctions for insufficient protection will not be imposed inconsiderately. Regard shall be taken to the controller´s economic situation as well as on the fact whether the data processing is its secondary or main activity. There are more obligations in the latter case, for instance nomination of a data protection officer. “Rather than hiring a person from outside it will be better to nominate an insider who already has worked within the organization and understand the issue.” advises Ms Matoušová. Cooperation with the relevant supervisory authority (Office for Personal Data Protection in the Czech Republic) will also play a significant role.
Altogether 16 lecture days plus 1 session outside Prague were organized within the Academy.
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