The American Chamber of Commerce held a Business Forum under the theme “Protection of Personal Data: Challenges for Business Law”. Conceived as a round table, the Forum’s discussions focused on the observance by public sector of the legislation on personal data protection, the role of the Regulatory Authority and the main challenges of the future.

In his key note, the Information and Data Protection Commissioner Mr. Besnik Dervishi presented an overview of the activity of the Commissioner’s Office in the capacity of supervisory body, with particular attention on the companies that exercise their activity in sectors/areas with particular sensitivity on the processing of personal data. In this context, the Authority co-operates in terms of providing continuous awareness training events targeting business stakeholders. The Commissioner’s office considers that the level of compliance with legal obligations has consistently increased and on the other hand, there’s willingness to mitigate problems.

The entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the EU and the modernization of Council of Europe Convention 108 in May 2018 constitute two important legal acts that will soon be approximated in the national regulatory framework. Their respective introductions set higher standards, increased business accountability and ensure security for data protection and privacy of citizens.