Draft amending personal data processing signed at Cotroceni

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Parliamentary party leaders on Wednesday signed a draft amending the Law No. 506/2004 on the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in electronic communications, the Presidential Administration informed after their meeting with President Klaus Iohannis at Cotroceni Palace.

According to the Presidency, the initiative does not concern the cyber security law or the Law No. 82/2012 on the storage of data generated or processed by the electronic communication providers, which was ruled as unconstitutional.

The draft agreed on Wednesday aims at providing additional guarantees for the protection of personal data and of privacy and at bringing clarifications to prevent abuses. Thus, access to personal data is allowed only within a context strictly defined by a court of law, or with the previous authorization by a judge. The Presidency asserts that all the representatives of the civil society and all the concerned actors insisted for this principle.

According to a Presidential Administration’s media release, President Iohannis voiced his hope that the Parliament will approve the project, which was the result of joint efforts.

The President met on Wednesday the chairmen of the parliamentary parties, namely Victor Ponta of the Social Democrat Party, Alina Gorghiu and Vasile Blaga of the National Liberal Party, Daniel Constantin of the Conservative Party, Gabriel Oprea of the National Union for Romania’s Progress, Hunor Kelemen of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania and Varujan Pambuccian of the parliamentary group of ethnic minorities other than Hungarian.

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