28TH SEPTEMBER INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FREE ACCESS TO INFORMATION

01.10.2018.

 

September 28th is celebrated as the International Day of Free Access to Information. Right to access to information is considered one of the fundamental human rights in all democratic countries and is guaranteed by the Constitution and relevant international documents. Right to free access to information allows citizens to have control over legality of work of the authorities, over spending money from the budget, which prevents unintentional management of trusted funds; it also uncompromisingly narrows the opportunity for possible abuse of power as well as corruption. On this day, the right of Montenegrin citizens is being promoted, and Montenegro as a society that inherits diversities is an active participant in all important decisions and processes. 

The importance of Law on Free Access to Information is reflected in the fact that it represents key mechanism for prevention of corruption, unlawful spending of public funds from the budget of Montenegro. It is also mirror of transparency of the society, which tries to achieve the standards in this area, with aim of establishing the rule of law. 

The transparency of state and local institutions is crucial in fighting corruption, so the right to free access to information is a condition for combating corruption and a path to openness of the society. The transparency and accountability of authorities we encourage is a measure of democracy of the society that we seek to make open and for the state use to be in service of the citizens.

The Agency for Personal Data Protection and Free Access to Information will on September 28th 2018 open her door to all users of the Law in order to learn about achieved results and to provide legal assistance to citizens in the process of exercising the right to free access to information.

 

AGENCY FOR PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION 

AND FREE ACCESS TO INFORMATION


GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR)

01.10.2018.

 

General Data Protection Regulation has been applied in European Union since May 25th.

This document brings novelties, imposes high standards of personal data protection, strengthens the role of the authorities for data protection and foresees the possibility that the competent authority imposes a financial administrative fine for the data subject or data controllers who violate the law, even up to 20.000.000 euros.

Montenegro, a country seeking membership in the EU will comply Law on Personal Data Protection with the provisions of the GDPR.

The provisions of the GDPR do not refer to prevention disclosure and prosecution of perpetrators of criminal offences, but are regulated by Directive EU 2016/680 with which the Law on Personal Data Protection will also be harmonized. For the realization of this task, Ministry of the Interior formed a Working group whose members are two representatives of the Agency.

The GDPR provides for the obligation of the data controllers and processors of personal data to appoint a personal data protection officer who will be the first contact point in the event of a violation of the right.

By adopting the new Law on Personal Data Protection that transposes the provisions of the GDPR, Montenegrin citizens will be ensured the level of protection of personal data that citizens of EU have. 

 

AGENCY FOR PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION

AND FREE ACCESS TO INFORMATION

 


Official trip report, Berlin 25.11.2016

09.12.2016.

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President of the Council of Agency for Personal Data Protection and Free Access to Information, Mr. Muhamed Gjokaj and member of the Council Mr. Aleksa Ivanović, attended the 60th meeting of International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications, as representatives of the Agency. The meeting was held on 22 – 23 November 2016 in Berlin.

 

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Country report Montenegro

08.12.2016.

INTERNATIONAL WORKING GROUP ON DATA PROTECTION IN TELECOMMUNICATION

on 22-23 November 2016 in Berlin (Germany)

COUNTRY REPORT MONTENEGRO

The operators of mobile telephony informed the Agency for Personal Data Protection and Free Access to Information that investigative judges issue orders for exemption of retained data for the entire territory of Montenegro, or for particular towns, also for longer time period, even 54 days.

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