The global pandemic and related restrictive measures, along with parliamentary election and following political crisis, impacted the personal data protection landscape in Georgia, hindered the expected legislative advancements and fulfillment of GoG's commitments.
On May 27, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information held an online discussion on the Challenges of Personal Data Protection in Georgia and the presentation of a report - "Brief Overview of Recent Developments in the Field of Personal Data Protection."
For over a year Georgia has been trying to deal with a pandemic caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus. The effects of this endeavor have left no domain of social relations untouched. The spread of the pandemic most severely affected basic human rights, as it was their restriction that became the main tool in the fight against the pandemic.
On May 24, 2021, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) with support from the European Union (EU), in the framework of the project - Monitoring Covid-19 related public spendings and human rights protection during the state of emergency and after - held a public discussion – “One year of the de facto state of emergency in Georgia”
The signatory organizations call on the judges of the Common Courts of Georgia not to hold the XXIX Extraordinary Conference on May 26, intended to elect four judges to the High Council of Justice of Georgia.
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary calls on the Parliament of Georgia to start working on justice system reform promptly and to ensure that the High Council of Justice is made up of qualified and trustworthy members.
The Convention 108 for the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data is the first and only legally binding international instrument concerning data protection.
On March 30, this year the U.S. Department of State published 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.
On April 1, an annual report on the work of the State Inspector's Service was published, which includes detailed information on the state of personal data protection in the country, on conducting covert investigative activities, and controlling the activities performed within the central databank of electronic communications identification data, as well as the status of criminal investigations under the Service, activities carried out by the Service in this regard, identified challenges and plans for the future.
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary reacts to the amendments to the Organic Law of Georgia on Common Courts submitted by Anri Okhanashvili, Chairman of the Legal Issues Committee, and believes that the proposed fragmented changes are completely detached from the current reality.