PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE, CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES: Minister Helena Dalli addresses attaches from EU member states on issues dealing with data protection and data privacy

Attaches dealing with issues of data protection and data privacy from the twenty eight EU countries are currently in Malta for the DAPIX meeting.

In her opening address, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Helena Dalli said that the Maltese Presidency supports all efforts in safeguarding everyone’s right to the protection of personal data, both at European and international levels. In this regard, Dr Dalli stated that the Maltese Presidency shall work to promote and enhance cooperation with the Commission in progressing to conclude the revision of having a modernised Convention for the protection of individuals with regards to automatic processing of personal data.

It is our duty and moral obligation as administrators and policy makers, to create an ethical framework where personal data can be processed securely, transmitting a fair and safe environment in which we can interact added Minister Dalli.

Dr Dalli stressed the need for the creation of a right balance between data usage restrictions and data transfer according to ethical and legal purposes. This will encourage more people to use the resources, right, knowledge and new opportunities prevalent within this legal working framework.

Minister Dalli also addressed the citizens’ concern of sharing of data namely where such data will end up and how it will be used.

Dr Dalli spoke about the Data Protection Regulation and how the updating of this legislation is bringing all other regulations up to speed whilst also exposing weaknesses in national and cross-border transfer of data.

During their two-day stay in Malta, delegates will be discussing revisions to regulation 45 of 2001 related to data protection as well as hands-on approach to data protection. The meeting is being organised by the Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties.

Source: Government of Malta