Date: 28/06/2017

New Model Law on Personal Data Protection – A Step in the Right Direction

In co-operation with the Office of the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection, AmCham organized a meeting on adoption of a modern Law on Personal Data Protection harmonized with European standards.

AmCham and the Office of the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection organized a meeting dedicated to the new model of the Law on Personal Data Protection and the challenges in the application of the existing Law. The aim of the meeting was to clarify problems that have arisen in practice, as well as to provide suggestions for improving the Model Law which the Commissioner will refer to the Ministry of Justice and the Government of Serbia. AmCham companies agreed that it is necessary to amend the existing law and gave a positive estimate to the new Model Law..

Miloš Stojković of Živković Samardžić Law Office and leader of the AmCham Digital Economy Regulatory Stream pointed out that the adoption of a new law represents a good step towards the implementation of modern legal solutions related to personal data protection. Stojković said that there is space for additional improvements and flexibility, e.g. to find a balance between the smooth functioning of business activities and the greatest possible personal data protection. Among the reasons why a new law should be passed is that the current law from 2008 is not adapted to modern technology and business conditions, It also contains unclear provisions that cause problems in practice.

Rodoljub Šabić, Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection, said that today's conversation points to the absolute necessity of amending the existing law as soon as possible in order to identify the problems that have arisen in the ten-year implementation of the law. The new model law is maximally harmonized with the General Data Protection Regulation of EU with respect to the fact that Serbia is not a member of the EU. It represents a good basis for the adoption of a new law. The existing law should be amended in accordance with the relevant EU regulations.

Commissioner’s clarifications on the most significant issues identified by AmCham members in the implementation of the Law on Personal Data Protection, as well as some of the solutions provided in his Model Law.