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The Conference entitled "Public Security and Personal Data Protection"

The Conference entitled "Public Security and Personal Data Protection" was organised by the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection and took place on 11 -12 May 2006 in Warsaw. The honorary patronage of the Conference has been taken over by the Speaker of the Diet, Mr Marek Jurek.

The invited guests - participants from all over the world, who represented the national data protection authorities, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, as well the biggest scientific entities and economic organisations in the world - discussed the form of the personal data protection in the events of the public security risks prevention.

The participants of the Conference tried to answer the question if there are any limits of the interference in privacy of a person and if yes, where are these limits if the interference is taken in the name of public security protection. Could the reason of the enlargement of the scope of information collected by the public entities about citizens be the prevention of the crime and acts of the terror?

The participants of the Conference considered the issue of the personal data collection made by the private entities who execute their obligations imposed by the rules of law. Isn't the performing of e.g. the obligations of the banks in connection with the counteracting and fighting against financial frauds or the obligations of telecommunication services suppliers concerning the storage and making use of data, under the banner of the protection of public security, only the unnecessary interference in the privacy? Could it cause the citizens' feeling that they are followed and kept under surveillance?

Is there a chance of a compromise between the right to feeling safety and right to privacy?

During the proceedings there were discussed the following topics:

  1. The human rights and public security - a chance of the compromise?
  2. The personal data protection in the sphere of freedom, justice and security. The latest events - the future activities.
  3. The privacy protection in the context of the introduction of the Schengen Information System of the second generation (SIS II).
  4. The processing of the sensitive data by the judiciary authorities.
  5. Could the performing of the obligations of the private sector cause the arising of the "society kept under surveillance"?
  6. The limits of the privacy and the public security in the context of the bank sector obligations connected with the counteracting and fighting against financial frauds.
  7. The obligations of telecommunication services suppliers and the consumers privacy protection: the storage and further using of the traffic data.


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