A Seminar on the protection of individuals with
regard to the personal data processing was held on September 25 and
26, 2000 at the Information Centre on the Council of Europe in
Sofia and the Center for the Study of Democracy.
The Seminar was organized jointly by the Council of
Europe and the Council of Ministers of Bulgaria in the framework of
Council of Europe's Program on assistance for the development and
consolidation of democratic stability on the occasion of the
drafting of a new law on data protection.
This law is intended to regulate the collection and
processing of information related to individuals by public and
private entities, individuals or companies.
It is aimed to protect all individuals with regard
to the risks related to the increasing computerization of
activities in society and constant technological progress while at
the same time enabling Bulgaria to face the new challenges of the
Information Society in a modern and competitive economy.
Ms. Eliana Masseva, Secretary General of the Council
of Ministers, opened the Seminar.
The Council of Europe delegation welcomed the
invitation of the adoption of the law and the due attention paid to
the European standards such as Convention 108 (Convention for the
protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of
personal data) of the Council of Europe. They considered the draft
at the light of the European standards in data protection.