New Data Protection Law Takes Effect Next Week
PRIVACY LAW—LATVIAJanuary 28, 2011
Latvia's new data protection law will take effect on February 1, Deutsche Welle reports. The law requires the appointment of a new IT security official to oversee all state institutions. It also establishes the nation's new Cyber-Security Response Agency, which will be comprised of eight IT experts who will oversee IT security and promote data protection awareness among public-sector employees. The Latvian Parliament passed the law last October following a February 2010 data breach at the State Revenue Service. One of the drafters of the legislation said, "We will establish the minimal standards for every state and every local government institution in IT security."