Malta Data protection and privacy

Employers collect, store and process various types of employee personal data in the course of employment relationships, including information relating to employees’ application, CV, payroll, medical history and employment benefits. Nonetheless the employment sphere is not the only field where data protection plays a central role.

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Information technology has marked a significant change in the way people communicate and transfer information among each other. This led to a desirable need for new legislation to be implemented by the European Union with its utmost aim of solving issues jeopardizing personal privacy. In Malta, the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (the GDPR) and the Maltese Data Protection Act, Chapter 586 of the Laws of Malta are the main legislative documents which currently regulate the transfer of personal data, its collection, processing, protection and compliance.  

It is essential for all individuals, natural and legal persons alike, to make sure they are in full compliance with data protection legislation. Violations of such obligations can lead to penalties reaching  20 million Euro, or in the case of an undertaking, up to 4 % of their total global turnover of the preceding fiscal year, whichever is higher.

At novolegal we assist our clients with ensuring compliance with data protection laws through the provision of legal advise, drafting of policies and agreements. Our team has also assisted numerous clients with cross-border transfers of personal data outside the EU, ensuring compliance and conformity with the appropriate technical and legal safeguards.

Moreover, novolegal also advises individuals on the rights they have under in terms of data protection legislation, such as their right of access to personal data, erasure, rectification, data portability, and restriction on processing as well as their right to object to the processing of personal data.

For more information on how novolegal can advise you on data protection, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

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