DATA PROTECTION ACT:
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.
DATA PROTECTION LAW IN MALTA
The Data Protection Act
The right to privacy is a fundamental
human right, which is safeguarded and enshrined in our Constitution.
The enforcement of the right to privacy is facilitated by the
protection of personal data from abuse.
The Data Protection Act of 2001 was enacted in
Malta on the 14th December 2001 and confirmed Malta’s tradition to cherish democratic values, foremost amongst
which is the right of the individual to privacy.
The Data Protection Act 2001 provides for the
protection of individuals against the violation of their privacy by the
processing of personal data and for matters connected therewith or ancillary
CCA has set-up a user-friendly auditing tool
for data protection for its clients. CCA acts as a Personal Data
Representative for a number of clients and liaises with the Data Protection
Commissioner's Office on matters of Privacy nature. The firm is currently
setting up data retention policies and related systems for several clients
for the purposes of compliance with this new legal field.