Council of Europe and Secretariat of Ukrainian Ombudsman became partners of the UCU

On July, 23, at the Ukrainian Catholic University had taken place a Round-Table “Data protection in Ukraine: Challenges and Perspectives of development”, which was co-organized by the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine, the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights and the Rule of Law Center of the Ukrainian Catholic University. The event was attended by Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Valeria Lutkovska, Head of the Informational Society Department of the Council of Europe Patrick Penninx, Vice-Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University for the administration and development Myroslav Senyk, the representatives of the Project “Strengthening Information Society in Ukraine” and the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights.
During the Round-table its participants had underlined the importance of this subject in terms of XXI century. In particular, Patrick Penninx pointed out that in the time of technological progress more and more challenges are faced by the system of personal data protection and that’s why their overcoming is a subject of such great importance for national and international institutions. In turn, Valeriya Lutkovska, emphasized on the importance of the future educational projects devoted to the personal data protection which will be implemented in the UCU together with the partners. The UCU Vice-Rector Myroslav Senyl also noted that the signing of Memorndums and the establishment of the future common Certified educational program is a very important step for the University: “It is, so to say, a step towards the modern and dynamic sphere of the personal data protection law”.
Within the Round-table was also presented a first Ukrainian special training course for the specialists in the sphere of the personal data protection, which was developed by the Representative of the Commissioner for personal data protection Markiyan Bem and Director of the Rule of Law Center of the Ukrainian Catholic University Ivan Horodyskyy. While presenting of the training course, Markiyan Bem stressed that: “The main aim of the course is not the data protection itself, but to teach men how to use the correctly and responsibly”.
After the presentation was a discussion in which had taken part the representative of the UCU information and communication office Oleh Budzinskyy, a member of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Tetyana Isterevych, Attorney-at-Law Oleh Leontyev, a representative of the Lviv District Administrative Court Khrystyna Goruiko, Andriy Kavchuk (Ukrainian Galician Assembly NGO) and others. Within the discussion were raised the questions of the correlation of the access to the public information and the personal data protection in case of public officials, the protection of personal data of the internally displaced persons, the access to the state registers from the temporarily occupied territories etc.
In the end a Memorandums on the cooperation between the Ukrainian Catholic University and the Council of Europe were signed. The first project in the frames of the cooperation between the Parties will start in the UCU next week. This will be a Certified Training Course, participants of which will become representatives of the Telecommunication industry.22