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Estonia/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.8 Data protection laws

In 2001, Estonia ratified the Council of Europe's Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data. Other relevant legislation includes the Law on State Secrets (1994), the Law on the Protection of Individual Data (1996) and the Law on Public Information (2000). According to these legislative acts, everybody has right of access to any public documents, as far as they do not include information classified as state secrets, or information that is concerned with issues of private nature on other individuals. A body called the Inspection of Data Protection was established in 2001, within the Ministry of Internal Affairs and has, among other things, the task of controlling, supervising and regulating the use and eventual dissolution of databases including information on private individuals. Information from different databases may not be combined without prior permission from the Inspection.

Chapter published: 13-10-2014

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