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  Information technology
Morocco determined to protect personal data
  01/09/2010
 
 
 
  Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi presided over the nomination of the members of the new National Commission for the Protection of Personal Data (CNDP). Ph. MAP.
   
 
Morocco has gone a step further in the protection of personal data. Yesterday, Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi presided over the nomination of the members of the new National Commission for the Protection of Personal Data (CNDP).

“The creation of the National Commission for the Protection of Personal Data is a decisive step towards completing the appropriate framework to consolidate digital confidence in Morocco,” said El Fassi on Tuesday in Rabat, during the nomination ceremony.

He stressed that the establishment of this Commission is a dynamic indicator that reflects the Kingdom's adhesion to the international legal system for the protection personal identity and human rights.

Information technology should remain at the service of citizens without affecting their identity, rights, and collective or individual freedoms, nor becoming a means to disclose private data, the premier added at the ceremony which was attended by several cabinet members.

The protection of personal data, he said, is essential for the development of this sector which generates jobs with high value added.

The CNDP may conduct investigation and inquiries, as well as collecting all the documents necessary for its mission, and closing and banning data processing.

The Commission may also withdraw data processing authorizations, explained the prime minister, recalling that any violation of the law is punishable by fines, financial penalties or imprisonment in some cases.

The law concerning the protection of individuals with regard to personal data processing, enacted in 2009, stresses the need for the parties responsible for this operation to obtain permission before starting this task.

For his part, Chairman of the CNDP, Ihrai Saïd said in a statement that the creation of the Commission constitutes a fundamental step in the process of strengthening the rule of law, as it will protect and control personal data.

 
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