January 28 is a special day for the personal data protection. On 28 January 1981, in Strasbourg, was adopted the Convention no. 108 for the protection of individuals with regard to the automatic processing of personal data. Subsequently, on 26 April 2006, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided to launch a Data Protection Day, which would be celebrated every year on 28 January. Thus, January 28 was declared – Data Protection Day. Every year, the member states of the Council of Europe organize various public activities and events to celebrate this day.
Respectively, the Republic of Moldova celebrates this event together with all European states. Although the field of personal data protection is a relatively new one for the society of the Republic of Moldova, however, in the last decade we have managed to make great steps in ensuring respect for the right to privacy, in terms of personal data processing, as well as regarding our efforts to comply with European standards in the field of personal data protection.
This year, NCPDP will continue to inform data subjects and to hold controllers accountable for complying with the provisions of the relevant legislation. Although the year 2020 was marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, NCPDP representatives continued to conduct online training, both in Chisinau and in the country. Over 500 people from various fields were trained within these activities. The trainings were focused most on the following fields: central and local public administration, health, police, social sphere and labor law.
For 2021, the objectives of the NCPDP are: continuation of information campaigns in the country, training and education of personal data protection officials in the public and private sector. We will ally with parents to raise awareness of personal data protection, we will continue to monitor how data protection rights are respected, we will continue to promote the new draft law on personal data protection for voting in final reading by the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.
Dear citizens, for me it is important to involve everyone! I urge you to pay special attention to the protection of personal data and the rights of personal data subjects, and if you have noticed situations of improper processing of data concerning you, contact the National Center for Personal Data Protection.
Take care of your data!