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GDPR – stronger protection of data is here

25. 5. 2018 – The General Data Protection Regulation known as the GDPR is effective as of today. The regulation has brought improved and more effective protection for personal data of citizens across the European Union. In the Czech Republic, the body overseeing compliance is the Office for Personal Data Protection that continuously extends its awareness raising activities among public.

“This day has seen a change of the legal framework which applies to those who process personal data beyond the scope of their own, exclusively personal or household activities. Literally everyone staying in the European Union or in the European Economic Area can claim their rights as data subjects pursuant this legislation,” Ms Ivana Janů, president of the Czech supervisory authority, said.

The office launched another phone line at the occasion of the GDPR effective date. Purpose of this info-line is to provide consultancy concerning the regulation. The public can call +420 234 665 800.

It is the latest office´s initiative to enhance citizens´ GDPR awareness in the Czech Republic. A special section on GDPR has earlier been created on the office´s website and regularly updated ever since. Moreover, non-specialist public can profit from micro web offering GDPR-related information in easy-to-understand language, not using legal terms. Office´s experts take part in different educational events and seminars all over the country.

Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) has introduced certain novelties aiming at more effective protection of the citizens´ personal data on the entire EU territory. It is a joint response of all EU member states to the rapid expansion of the Internet in the 90s, a process accompanied by risks to the individual privacy.

On Friday, the European Data Protection Board held its founding meeting gathering directors of supervisory authorities from the member states. The Czech Republic was represented in person of Ms Ivana Janů, president of the Czech supervisory authority. The board shall ensure a consistent application of the GDPR and replace the former Article 29 Working Party. 
Responsible: Mgr. Vojtěch Marcín
Created / changed: 29.5.2018 / 29.5.2018


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