5.1.8 Data protection laws
The Law on Protection of Personal Data was passed in the Parliament of Serbia in 2008 (with some amendments in 2009), as well as and the Law on the Free Access to Information in 2004(with amendments in 2007, 2009 and 2010). The Commissioner for Information of Public Interest and the Protection of Personal Data is responsible for the protection of these laws. The first Commissioner, Mr Rodoljub Sabic, has played a very important role in protecting the public interest – he helped to clarify what a public institution represents and what kind of information should be available to the public. Until recently, most of the information concerning the functioning of public institutions was considered to be for internal use only and was kept secret. Public cultural institutions were made to slowly open themselves to different communication channels and make their internal systems of communication open to the public, for public discussion and criticism.