On February 8, 2024, Deputy Commissioner Sanja Unković gave an opening speech at the Training of Data Protection Officers (DPOs) at the National Academy for Public Administration (NAJU). In addition to the Deputy Commissioner, the participants were greeted by Prof. Dr. Svetlana Jovanović from the Cabinet of the Prime Minister, Zoran Mišić Deputy Director of the Office for IT and eGovernment, and Dejan Raketić Assistant Director in NAJU.
The Deputy Commissioner introduced the participants of the training to the current situation in the field of personal data protection in the Republic of Serbia, emphasizing the importance and the role of the Data Protection Officer, and appealing to authorities and other Data Controllers who are obliged to designate a Data Protection Officer to do so as soon as possible and inform the Commissioner about it, that is, if necessary, to update data of their current DPOs ensuring not to list their private addresses and phone numbers as contact information for those persons.
In addition to mentioned above, the Deputy indicated the necessity of amending the current Law on Personal Data Protection, which, among other things, will more effectively regulate the position, conditions for determining, and obligations of Data Protection Officers.
This training was developed as part of the World Bank Project "Training Services for Data Protection Officers and Raising Awareness of Civil Servants in accordance with the GDPR, the Law on Personal Data Protection, and the Law on Information Security of the Republic of Serbia" whose beneficiary is Office for IT and E-Government. The project is implemented by a consortium led by Ernest&Young d.o.o. Belgrade, with the support of the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications, the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection, and the National Academy for Public Administration.
The goal of this project, as well as the aforementioned training, is to improve the implementation of the Law on Personal Data Protection and the Law on Information Security.