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21 April 2021, 16:37

Bill on protecting personal data past Belarusian parliament

MINSK, 21 April (BelTA) – The Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus has approved a bill on protecting personal data, BelTA has learned.

The bill is designed to protect rights and freedoms of citizens during collection, processing, dissemination or provision of their personal data.

Director of the National Center of Legislation and Legal Research Vadim Ipatov said: “We haven't had such a comprehensive law up till now. This law will regulate everything as far as personal data is concerned.”

In his words, similar laws already exist in many countries. “We've approached this matter and the legal environment will be understandable. The legal environment is being created taking into account international acts,” he said. “The head of state will choose the agency to protect personal data. The law reads that this body is independent. It can be entrusted with some other functions in addition to personal data protection. Its key functions are already stipulated by the law.”

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