The goal of the debate was human rights promotion and raising the awareness about the risks for privacy coming from information technology development.

The debate was opened by Neda Korunovska from the Foundation Open Society Institute – Macedonia and Marijana Marushic, the director of the Directorate for Personal Data Protection. Presentations were made by Gordan Kalajdziev PhD “On the current situation”; Nikola Tupancheski PhD “Novelties in the legal framework”; Jovan Jovchevski, MSc “Usage of special investigation measures”; Zvonimir Jankulovski – “Human rights and investigation”; Bogdancho Gogov “Application of special investigation measures”; Vesna Bendevska “Parliament’s role in human rights protection”.

The panelists hailed the amendments to the Law on personal data protection that are additionally regulating the video surveillance and extending the authorization of the Directorate for personal data protection, but on the other hand, the fact that the Law on communications monitoring was urgently adopted in a secret procedure and without a public discussion is concerning, as well as the fact that the Parliament and the public are not getting information for two years now about what is being recorded, how much funds are used for it and how is this data stored. The laws for regulating these procedures and issues must be adopted with a public discussion where everyone would be included, especially the citizens, in a regular procedure that would provide better quality and in which all the already established European standards will be incorporated.

Privacy protection is an important segment of our dignity, and a free and open society cannot exist without certain unconditional space for privacy and private communication.

The organizations in charge of this event were the Foundation Open Society Institute Macedonia, European Law Students Association – Republic of Macedonia, and Metamorphosis as overall FNF organizer, with participation from all other Macedonian partners (listed in the announcement here).