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Ukraine/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.8 Data protection laws

The Law on Information (1992, with amendments 2000-2012) determines general legal principles for receiving, using, distributing and keeping information, secures its protection and defends an individual and society against incorrect information.

The Law on Data Protection in Automatic Systems was adopted in 1994. Amendments and changes were introduced in 2004 2014. This Law and respective government resolutions are aimed at establishing regulative principles of legal relations concerning data protection in databases "under observance of property rights of Ukrainian citizens and legal entities to information and access to information". In other words, it deals with relations between owners of information or systems and users.   

The Ukrainian Law on Access to Public Information came into force on 9 May 2011. According to the law, access to information about the activities and decisions of public authorities should be provided according to the following procedure: the information should be published in the media and in official publications, provided on request, posted on official Web sites on the Internet, and provided through the information services of the public authorities. According to the document, information on the activities of the authorities is mandatory for disclosure.

The priority for the archives, records management and the backup set of documentation is to preserve and support Ukrainian identity, fill in and subsequent forming of the National Archive Fund, introduction of electronic document management and a general extension of access to archival documents. This was the topic discussed during an extended board meeting of the State Archive Service of Ukraine, dedicated to last year's results and objectives for 2015, which took place at the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.

Chapter published: 05-06-2015

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