Data Protection Law in Estonia

Data Protection Law in Estonia

Updated on Tuesday 05th September 2017

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The most important aspects regarding the privacy of legal entities and natural persons are stipulated in the Estonian Act concerning data protection. The law has been passed in 2007 and provides the actualized governmental position regarding the inviolability of private information and its processing by third parties. Our law firm in Estonia can offer an in-depth presentation over the Data Protection Act in this country for any person or firm who is interested to find out details on this matter. 


Legislation on the protection of data in Estonia  

The main purpose of the Data Protection Act in Estonia works in two main directions on which our Estonian lawyers can give you all significant details. Firstly, the law guarantees you the right to access the information concerning yourself which exists already in the evidence of the authorities. It allows you as well to keep private data away from the public access. Unauthorized interference in the family life of a person, or the broadcasting of the intimate life of someone else is considered a violation of the Data protection regulations in Estonia
Secondly, the law allows you to access the information concerning public authorities which are open to all citizens and to the wide public, allowing you to become an informed participant to the civic transformations of this country.
If you have a firm in Estonia, you might be interested as well on the provisions regarding the processing of personal data in this country. The Data Protection Law stipulates the manner in which a company may collect, store, disclose or use personal information. Our attorneys in Estonia are ready to help you identify those provisions of the Data Protection Act which may be directly relevant for your company in this country.    

Types of data and their processing principles in Estonia  

The Estonian Law concerning Data Protection makes reference to several types of data which fall under its regulations. Apart from those information which can be used to identify a natural person or legal entity, personal data is considered as well any information on political convictions, the state of health of someone, genetic and biometric information as well as information concerning the participation in a trade union. 
The Data Protection Law in Estonia imposes some principles regarding the processing of the personal information in this country. As such, the collection of personal data has to be minimal, and justified by an explicit purpose. The databases must be updated and provide correct information, obtained lawfully and doubled by the notification of the person in cause. 
Please feel free to contact our Estonian lawyers in case you need legal assistance with the interpretation and application of the Data Protection Law in Estonia.