Every Ukrainian has a right to know who has access to his personal data and where this data goes, head of the State Service on personal data protection Oleksiy Mervynski told a press conference, ForUm's correspondent reports.

"The right is stipulated by the article 8 of the Law on protection of personal data and concerns any personal information from any database, including liquidation of data from this database," he said.

Deputy chairman of the State Service Volodymyr Kozak informed that investigation into internet-websites showed that only 20% of sites identify the responsible for collecting personal data of users.
"We hold regular inspections of websites, including internet-stores, social networks, search engines, job vacancies sites, etc. Moreover, we hold open inspections and involve public and experts. Every violation gets registered, and we prepare instructions for website owners to execute them obligatory. The instructions follow modern recommendations of the Council of Europe on protection of personal data," the official said.

He specified that there are two key ways to collect data - questioning and tracking (by means of hit counters). "In Ukraine, tracking is realized by "Google", "Genius" (Poland), "Yandex" (Russia), "Bigmir" (Ukraine) and others. Websites may have even several hit counters, up to 20-25. As for questioning, it may concern such delicate issues as political preferences and health. We instruct websites to name the responsible for collecting personal information and indicate the methods of collecting. It is not a secret that modern technologies enables to track information about every user, pages he visits and even mouse trajectory on a page," Kozak noted.


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