Changes to the laws on personal data protection
New amendments to the law on Personal Data Protection of Georgia with regards to the private sector have entered into force from 1 November 2014.
Specifically, from 1 November 2014, the Personal Data Protection Inspector, upon his/her own initiative or based on the request of an interested person, is authorized to inspect any person processing personal data.
If the inspector detects violations, he/she can request that any deficiencies be eliminated, as well as request temporary or permanent termination of data processing, blocking, deletion, destruction or depersonalization of data, termination of transmission of personal data, etc. Additionally, if the Inspector identifies an administrative offense, he/she is authorized to impose administrative liability on the information processor.
These changes are part of an amendment process which started earlier in 2014. Earlier amendments addressed the rules of personal data processing by private and public entities, use of personal data for direct marketing purposes, processing of biometric and genetic information, use of video surveillance systems, etc.