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Message of the president of ANSPDCP

with the occasion of the

 European Data Protection Day

28th of January 2014

 

Today, we celebrate the European Data Protection Day as on the 28th of January 1981, in Strasbourg, it was signed the Convention 108 for the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data, the first European legal instrument adopted in the data protection field. Therefore, we celebrate 33 years since the adoption of this reference document, to which Romania acceded in 2001, with the adoption of Law no. 682/2001.

This convention opened the way to development and regulation at European level of principles and rules for processing personal data.

The celebration of this European Day represents, in fact, a good opportunity to try to enhance the awareness level of the general public about the importance and the necessity of protecting personal data.

Therefore, our message is that, in accordance with the current technological developments, each of us should be aware of the risks they undertake when providing personal data, when accessing the Internet, when making travel reservations on various websites or when using credit cards. The illegal use of the data mostly leads to serious infringements of the right to privacy of any of us and, in doing so, both the national supervisory authority, as well as other state institutions or private entities, each on its field of activity, have a duty to prevent and to combat this phenomenon. Thus, as until now, we ensure the Romanian citizens and institutions of our entire involvement in an efficient and fast solution to complaints and notices which will be submitted to the national supervisory authority.

In the same time, in the context of celebrating the European Data Protection Day, we invite the general public to the Open Doors Day, organized at the premises of the authority from 28-30 Magheru Boulevard, 5th floor, on the 28th of January 2014, between 11:00-13:00.