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Promotion of the Guide ‘How to make a Privacy Policy?’ at the Coordination Meeting on e-commerce

The event was organized as a result of the cooperation between the Ministry of Information Society and Administration and the Metamorphosis Foundation, in synergy with USAID’s e-Gov Project.

vest_042011The event was attended by 22 people, including 3 representatives of banks offering services for e-merchants (IK Banka, NLB Tutunska and Unibanka), payment processor Casys casys. com.mk, nine companies with e-shops (NovEkspo, Global Net, Exquisite, Akota, Exploring Macedonia, Skopski Pazar, Kulturna riznica, Fonko – all from Skopje and Pharmacy “Iris” – Strumica), 2 e-marketing agencies (NewMedia.Mk and HTTPool.com.mk), the ICT Chamber and NGO eNevladina.

During the event, Blagica Andreeva from the Ministry of Information Society and Administration (MISA) announced the upcoming launch of the new information potral e-trgovija.gov.mk intended for consumers and merchants, where representatives of e-shops will also be able to publish news from this field. Through the portal, MISA intends to enable promotion of all electronic traders from Macedonia under equal conditions.

Need for information in the area of citizens’ security.

vest_042011_1Filip Stojanovski, program coordinator of the Metamorphosis Foundation presented the Guide containing explanations on how to create a privacy policy, by sharing international experiences in this area and templates that can be adapted to the needs of e-publishers.

He stressed that having a PP is not a legal obligation, but it is an important factor for e-service providers in obtaining the trust of their users, because it reflects the existence of a functional internal system for protection of citizens’ rights

The Guide is based on researches indicating that the e-shops are a leading group of websites in the country in applying privacy policies. During the discussion it was pointed out that some of the banks require and oblige the e-shops through which they perform transactions to introduce such policies, which has a positive effect on several levels.

The ICT Guide No.6 ‘How to make a Privacy Policy’ is a result of the direct cooperation between the Metamorphosis Foundation and the Directorate for Personal Data Protection (DPDP) published in Macedonian and Albanian language. The Metamorphosis Foundation and the DPDP are distributing the guide free of charge in paper form at thematic events, trainings or directly delivering the guide to everyone interested. The guide is also available for download as an e-book published under a Creative Commons license. The guide was prepared within the framework of the Online Privacy Initiative project supported by the Foundation Open Society Institute – Macedonia.