Parliament Ratifies Convention On Protection Of Personal Data

KIEV, Ukraine -- The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has ratified the Council of Europe's Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data and an additional protocol to the convention regarding supervisory authorities and transborder data flows.

Ukraine's parliament ratified the Council of Europe's Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to automatic Processing of personal data.

A total of 317 lawmakers out of the 426 registered in the parliament's session hall voted for the ratification on July 6.

The ratification of the convention and the protocol will help secure the right of every individual, whatever his nationality or residence, with regard to the protection of personal data.

It is expected that the ratification will also promote the formation of Ukraine's positive image on the international arena and allow the country to strengthen its cooperation with other states in law enforcement.

The ratification of the convention is a prerequisite for the introduction of biometric methods for foreigners who cross the Ukrainian border.

The Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data was adopted by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, on January 28, 1981.

The purpose of the convention is to secure in the territory of each party for every individual, whatever his nationality or residence, respect for his rights and fundamental freedoms, and in particular his right to privacy, with regard to automatic processing of personal data relating to him ("data protection").

Ukraine joined the Council of Europe in 1995.

Source: Kyiv Post

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