The Office of the Information and Data Protection Commissioner in co-operation with the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument of the European Commission organised on 14-15 November 2017 an Expert Mission “On the Impact of General Data Protection Regulation in Acceding Countries”. The expert conducting this mission was Dr. Tino Naumann, Head of the Office of the Saxon Data Protection Commissioner. This expert mission gathered staff of the Office of the Commissioner, representatives of the Albanian State Police, National Authority of Electronic Certification and Cyber Security, General Directorate of Standardisation and the General Directorate of Accreditation.

The mission focused on the innovations introduced by the new Regulation as opposed to the current applicable EU law and its relationship with third parties. Several other key topics were addressed such as the extension of the powers of a Data Protection Regulatory Authority and the latter’s role in the process of certification of controllers; procedures of joint inspections; strengthening of the role of “data protection officer” as well as “the right to be forgotten”. The mission included also other relevant aspect such as international data transfers, increased controls and the correlation generated with Acceding Countries as well as on more significant sanctions as a deterrent for data breaches. Along with the Regulation, another new piece of legislation has been adopted, namely the new Police Directive which was dealt with in part during the mission.

As of may 25th, 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation shall be the sole regulatory act applicable in all EU Member States. This new legislation standardises and unifies practices with respect to handling cases in this field and gives to citizens’ wider control on their personal data.