Outgoing Serbia’s Commissioner warns of data protection law

Outgoing Serbia’s Commissioner warns of data protection law

Outgoing Serbia’s Commissioner warns of data protection law Izvor: N1

Outgoing Serbia’s Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection warned on Tuesday on his Twitter account that the deficiencies in a draft law on personal data protection made it inapplicable.

Rodoljub Sabic has also said that it’s time for the parliament to elect his successor since his mandate expires in 60 days.

In a letter to all 250 deputies in Serbia’s Parliament, Sabic said that the draft law had shortcomings, some incorrect and inconsistent articles which would make it impossible to implement.

He specifically mentioned the article 40 where, as he said, it was written that “the rights can be limited by law if the limitations do not violate a the basic rights and freedoms and if it is necessary and represent a measure proportionate to democratic society.”

Then, he added, the word law was deleted “without any sense and reasonable explanation.”

Sabic warned the deputies that such a solution would lead to a drastic disintegration of the legal system and that it contradicted Serbia’s Constitution, the Law on Personal Data Protection and the international conventions, severely damaging the rule of law.

He said the draft was in total opposition to the spirit of democracy and that the damages it would cause to fundamental human rights and freedoms were “inestimable.”

Sabic called on the deputies to impartially consider all critical arguments related to the draft law, and, if nothing else, secure the correction of the article 40.

Sabic has been often targeted by ruling coalition officials for his criticism of violation of privacy, the disclosure of personal data and the refusal by the state institutions to share information of public importance.

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