5.1.8 Data protection laws
The Data Protection Act (Chapter 440 of the Laws of Malta) transposes Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995, on the protection of individuals with regards to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data. It was brought into effect on 15 July 2003. Directive 2002/58/EC concerning the processing of personal data in the electronic communications sector, was transposed under both the Data Protection Act and the Electronic Communications Act by virtue of LN 16 of 2003 (as amended) and LN 19 of 2003 respectively.
The information and Data Protection Commissioner is responsible for the protection of the individual's right to privacy by ensuring the correct processing of personal data.
It has now become standard practice for producers and organisers of performances and art workshops that include the participation of children and young people to release data protection forms for parents and guardians for publicity purposes.