Yanukovych vetoes amendments to law on personal data protection
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has vetoed the law on the cancellation of the obligatory state registration of personal databases of hired employers by business entities.
According to a report posted on the Verkhovna Rada's official Web site, the law "On amendments into the law on personal data protection" (No. 10472-1) was returned with the president's proposals on October 24, 2012.
However, on the morning of November 8 the document had a status of "sent for president's signature."
The text with the president's proposals has not been posted yet.
As reported, on October 2 the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law on personal data protection.
The law foresees the cancellation of the obligatory state registration of personal databases, keeping of which is related to the provision and implementation of employment, as well as those of the members of public, religious, professional societies, and political parties.
Moreover, the law proposes to change the scope of the law of Ukraine on the protection of personal data, in particular, establishing that it applies to all actions on personal data processing, and not only databases with personal data.
The parliament established that the law on personal data protection does not apply to personal data processing carried out by creative or literary workers, including journalists, "for professional purposes, providing a balance between the right to privacy and the right to freedom of expression."
The law also provides subjects with the right to apply with an appeal on the violation of personal data protection not only to state bodies authorized to ensure personal data protection but also directly to the courts.
In addition, the law supplements the list of functions of the State Service for Personal Data Protection, among which is the coordination of corporate codes of conduct in accordance with Part 2 of Article 27 of the law on personal data protection.