One of the priorities of the Directorate for Personal Data Protection is maintaining proactive cooperation on an international level. This is determined as one of the competences of the Directorate for Personal Data Protection, regulated by the Law on Personal Data Protection, (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia” No. 103/08, 124/10, 135/11) Article 41, paragraph 1, line 17, “realize international cooperation in the area of personal data protection and participates in the work of international organizations and institutions involved in protection of personal data.”
The need to implement international cooperation is also imposed by the modern development in technology, where the transmission and exchange of data becomes timeless and boundaries do not exist. Today, in the era of establishing equal standards in every area, including personal data and privacy protection, the future development of specific authorities that will raise awareness and promote the right of privacy, such as the Directorate for Personal Data Protection, depends on the extent of the established international cooperation.
Following basic documents in this area such as the Directive 96/46/EC of the European Parliament and the Council for protection of Individuals with regard to the Processing of Personal Data and free movement of such data and the Convention 108 for the protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data of the Council of Europe, ensures compliance of the Directorate with European standards for personal data protection.
An activity to which we give due consideration is the Directorate’s participation in the work of international authorities for personal data protection. Through active participation, exchange of opinions, we directly contribute to the creation of future texts for the protection of privacy. We highlight the conditions that protect personal data and we are able to follow the imposed current needs for application of standards and mechanisms for personal data protection.
At the same time, the Directorate establishes bilateral cooperation with Member States of the European Union and the region. This direct cooperation enables us to exchange knowledge and experiences with colleagues from other countries, through which the most appropriate way for effective and efficient is found, to adapt new working methods, share experiences and draw knowledge for better performance. So far the Directorate for Personal Data Protection has established bilateral cooperation and signed 14 Declarations for cooperation with the authorities for personal data protection from Bulgaria, Montenegro, Germany (Berlin), Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Russia, Kosovo and Estonia.
The Directorate is also a full member with voting rights in the Consultative Committee (T-PD) of the Council of Europe Convention for the protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, European Conference for Personal Data Protection (Spring Conference), Conference of Central and Eastern European Authorities for Personal Data Protection, Working Group for Police and Justice, International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications, case handling workshops. Also, the Directorate has an observer status in the Working Group 29 of the European Union.