The Information and Data Protection Commissioner and the counterpart authority of Malta, the Office of the Information and Data Protection Commissioner signed a Co-operation Agreement.

The purpose of this document is to strengthen and promote knowledge and experience sharing in the ambit of enforcement of personal data protection legislation, with particular focus on the modernization of the national legislation in this domain in line with the GDPR standards. The agreement was signed by Commissioners Mr. Besnik Dervishi and Mr. Ian Deguara on the occasion of their participation to the Plenary meeting of the European Data Protection Board in Brussels.

The document anticipates broader co-operation in the context of an ever globalized, interactive and technologically advanced economy, with respect to cross-border personal data flows, information and best practices exchanges to enhance administrative capacities, and joint activities and projects to raise awareness in this domain. Another essential component of this agreement is the cooperation as guided by the spirit of the Council of Europe’s Convention 108 and mutual assistance provision in the context of modernization of respective legislations in line with state-of-the-art standards. The enactment of this agreement represents another milestone in the Commissioner’s Office endeavor to consolidate its international engagement.