Data Protection

NEWS: DATA PROTECTION ACT:
Closing Date for Notification - Extended
Notification Fees - Reduced

In terms of the Data Protection Act, whoever keeps or otherwise processes any personal data in relation to employees, clients, memberships or any other individual had to notify the Commissioner for Data Protection by not later than the 15th April 2004. This original notification period has now been extended to 14th July 2004.

Also, following a thorough review of the Commission's budget, a radical revision of the fee structure has been carried out. The tariff - previously based on the number of employees and varying from Lm 20 to Lm 1000 per year - has been changed to a flat fee of Lm 10 for all employers (independently of the number of persons employed) and no charge for persons who work on their own and therefore have no employees.

 

 

THE DATA PROTECTION UNIT

The firmís Data Protection Unit (DPU) forms part of the specialist Information Technology Law and IP Department of the firm. The firmís DPU is one of the few specialist units of its kind in Malta.

The firm has devised a user-friendly data protection auditing tool for its clients. Our lawyers act as a Personal Data Representatives for a number of corporate clients and liaise with the Data Protection Commissionerís Office on matters of a Privacy nature. The firm is currently also setting up data retention policies and related systems for several clients for the purposes of compliance with this new regulations in the field of data protection.

The DPUís main role is that of ensuring legal compliance and correct processing in terms of relevant regulations as well as assisting the clients by providing advice on policies regulating internal data protection and related IT security as well as devising custom-made data retention policies.

The Overriding Policy of our DPU

While we will not hesitate to advise on any radical changes to be effected to bring the client in conformity, our DPUís emphasis is on making those minimal changes absolutely necessary to bring the client in line with current legislation so as to ensure that the clientsí core operations continue uninterruptedly.

 

 

Our DP Services

The Maltese Data Protection Act

>> contact us @ dp@cc-advocates.com