Will Separatists Obtain Access to Personal Data of Ukrainian Volunteers?

For the second year in a row the MIA is trying to make passengers of “Ukrzaliznytsia” enter their passport details in a ticket.However the trend of this season is that not all Ukrainians but the Crimeans as well as citizens of Regions of Donetsk and Lugansk will suffer infringement of privacy. As the UHHRU found out from confidential sources, the MIA requires from “Ukrzaliznytsia” to collect information about the passengers who travel in these directions, and to transfer them.


Recommendations to government prepared on effective personal data protection

Participants in a conference entitled “Can Ukraine protect people’s personal data”, after analyzing the situation with personal data protection in Ukraine, came to the conclusion that in order to enhance personal data protection, the following is needed.


Data protection

This booklet is intended to provide an overview of some of the key issues and jargon surrounding data protection in the digital environment.


More than enough grounds for a veto

The Internet Association of Ukraine has just joined a very large number of Ukrainian NGOs which have expressed deep concern over the Law on a Unified State Demographic Register passed by the Verkhovna Rada on 2 October.


Huge passport scam with 45 million victims

On Tuesday civic activists staged a protest outside the President’s Administration calling on him to veto the Law on a Unified State Demographic Register. They see the law as leading to a massive corruption setup which each Ukrainian citizen will have to fork out the money to finance.


More questions about passports, biometric details and Hrytsak’s plans

Viktor Tymoshchuk, Deputy Head of the Centre for Political and Legal Reform has already expressed criticism and grave concern over the implications of the Law on a Single State Demographic Register passed by the Verkhovna Rada at the beginning of October.


All-out biometric

By bringing in a State Demographic Register, MPs want to have total biometric records on Ukrainians. Much more information will be included than Ukraine’s international commitments demand.


Party of the Regions accused of using voters’ personal data

Civic activists in the Dnipropetrovsk oblast have accused parliamentary candidates from the Party of the Regions of unlawful use of voters’ personal data. In one of the districts of the oblast representatives of the candidate have circulated campaigning material taking the addresses from the school database.


Ongoing passport wars

Viktor Tymoshchuk from the Centre for Political and Legal Reform writes that on 6 September 2012 the Verkhovna Rada passed in its first reading a draft Law on a Single State Demographic Register. The bill was submitted by Party of the Regions MP Vasyl Hrytsak.


Journalists should turn to the Prosecutor over snooping questions from Regions Party

Director of the Media Law Institute, Taras Shevchenko is clear in his response to the report in Ukrainska Pravda that members of the Party of the Regions are gathering confidential information about journalists and their publications. A law recently passed increasing criminal liability envisages terms of imprisonment or a fine for collecting confidential information.


On heightened criminal liability for violation of unclear and flawed data protection legislation

The Media Law Institute expresses grave concern over a new and highly dangerous law which could jeopardize freedom of speech and of the media in Ukraine and calls on the President to use his power of veto.


Moving closer to biometric passports?

Prominent members of government, Radio Svoboda reports, are saying that Ukraine should introduce biometric passports by the end of 2011. The Ministry of Internal Affairs [MIA] says that such biometric passports are a prerequisite for Schengen visa restrictions being waived for Ukrainians.


Police infringement of the right to privacy of replacement therapy patients

“We are extremely concerned by the problem that the people on the lists … issued with these drugs on the methadone programme, their status does not coincide … with them needing help. We therefore asked for all data about these people. What you’re saying about HIV infected people and that this is personal information … even if such information was asked for, we will never publish it because it’s information about a person, but for work in respect to these people we also need this information. We are not asking for it to divulge it in full, we need it because these are groups at risk who we need to know about”. This was the “argued response” of the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs at a press conference.


Personal data protection as tool for State control and corruption

Ukrainian entrepreneurs and human rights activists are calling on the President and Verkhovna Rada to suspend the Law on Personal Data Protection until it has been worked on. They say that according to this law any information about a person can fall under State control, and that this will lead to a greater number of checks of enterprises and, as a result, to an increase in corruption. Representatives of the government, on the other hand, claim that the Law introduces a European approach to protection of human rights.


The State is watching you everywhere!

From now on any movement by students around Ukraine will be under the close surveillance of the State. From September the Ministry of Education and Science will be introducing an electronic student card. This will mean that the relevant bodies will have no difficulty in finding out when and where a student went.

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