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EU Data Protection Directive restrictions for safeguarding National Security

In the context of the FP7 funded project HIDE – Homeland Security, Biometrics Identification & Personal Detection Ethics ( – an International Workshop on “Restrictions in the Implementation of EU Data Protection Directive for Public Interest, Security and Defense” was held in Ljubljana on September 17-18 September 2009.

The workshop brought together stakeholders of the areas of biometrics, data protection, privacy and security, representatives of the European government and non-government organizations – with the emphasis on the Balkan region and the New Member States – to identify and discuss issues related to restrictions in the implementation of EU data protection principles for matters of public interest, security and defense. It is well known that the existing practices and the legislative measures related to the article 13 of the Directive 95/46/EC – dealing with the personal data and privacy rights’ restrictions when they constitute a necessary measure to safeguard national security and defense – are not harmonized across the EU Member States, and that this is especially true for the New Member and Balkan States. The workshop has been designed to bring together individuals from different sides of the privacy vs. security conflict in a “safe” environment to address questions that are otherwise difficult to discuss. Participants included representatives of east Europe countries, such as the Information Commissioner of the Republic of Slovenia, Mrs. Natas?a P. Musar, Mr. Vít Zvánovec from the Czech Republic Data Protection Authority, Alexander G. Ivanchenko, Executive Director of the Russian Security Industry Association, Franjo Lacko, Director of the Croatian Personal Data Protection Agency, Mario Zadro, External Relations Officer, the Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI) Regional Centre, in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.


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