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05 May 2021, 12:42

Belarus' Personal Data Protection Law recognized as compliant with Constitution

MINSK, 5 May (BelTA) - The Constitutional Court of Belarus has ruled that the Personal Data Protection Law complies with the Constitution, according to the decision of the Constitutional Court No.P-1261/2021 of 29 April 2021, officially published on the National Legal Internet Portal on 5 May, BelTA has learned.

“The Constitutional Court concludes that in terms of the content of the norms, the form of the act and the order of adoption, the law complies with the Constitution,” the decision reads.

Based on the analysis of the norms, the Constitutional Court believes that the law establishes a systemic and comprehensive regulation of the most important social relations arising in the processing of personal data of individuals. It is aimed at the protection of constitutional rights and freedoms of an individual, including the right to protection from unlawful interference with one's personal life by preventing the unlawful use of personal data. Necessary conditions are being created for effective international cooperation in the ensuring the right to privacy.

The Constitutional Court also notes that in improving the legal regulation of personal data the legislator has taken into account the recommendations contained in international legal acts, as well as positive foreign and domestic experience in this area.

The law provides for the setting up of an authorized body to protect the rights of subjects of personal data and defines its powers. This meets the provisions of the Constitution on ensuring the rights and freedoms of citizens of Belarus as the highest goal of the state, and is also consistent with the requirements of the UN General Assembly resolution 73/179 on the right to privacy in the digital age of 17 December 2018.

The Personal Data Protection Law was adopted by the House of Representatives on 2 April and approved by the Council of the Republic on 21 April 2021.

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