International Cooperation

In this rich era of information, more attention is paid to the processing, supervision and protection of personal data. Today, both personal and public life is unthinkable without the use of the Internet and modern technologies. When shopping online, registering on different sites and doing other activities on the Internet, special attention should be paid to the security of your personal data, what information is required, whom and how it is transmitted, and to be aware of the potential risks and consequences. The same can be applied to legal entities such as enterprises and organizations providing processing of personal data daily, customer service, etc.

International cooperation in the field of supervising and protecting personal data plays an essential role in promoting the protection of personal data not only in Latvia but abroad. This is possible through active cooperation with data protection authorities in other countries, as well as by participating in the drafting of relevant laws binding to all countries of the European Union. For example, Regulation (EU) No 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of individuals regarding the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46 / EC, has entered into force (General Data Protection Regulation). The Regulation is binding to all EU Member States and will be applicable as of May 25, 2018. It could be considered as the “roof law” of personal data protection.

The Data State Inspectorate, within the scope of its competence, implements international co-operation in the following key areas:

• Represent the Inspectorate in working groups of the European Union;
• Represents the Inspectorate in the European Union and in international forums in the field of personal data protection;
• Participate in inspections and audits related to the processing of personal data;
• Participates in Schengen evaluation visits in the field of data protection in other Member States;
• Coordinates the functions defined within the framework of the operation of the Schengen Information System;
• Coordinates the preparation and sending of information requests to the European Judicial Cooperation Unit;
• Cooperate with other EU data protection authorities.

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