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The impact of Albania’s Data Protection Act on international data transfers

Albania’s Data Protection Act, which came into effect in May 2018, has had a significant impact on international data transfers for businesses operating in the country. The act aligns with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and requires businesses to comply with strict data protection rules and regulations.

One of the primary concerns for businesses that operate in Albania is how the Data Protection Act affects international data transfers. According to the act, personal data can only be transferred outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) if the recipient country ensures an adequate level of protection. The adequacy level of protection can be determined by the European Commission, which is responsible for assessing the data protection laws of third countries.

If the recipient country does not ensure an adequate level of protection, businesses must implement appropriate safeguards to protect the personal data being transferred. These safeguards include binding corporate rules, standard contractual clauses, and codes of conduct or certification mechanisms. In some cases, businesses may also seek explicit consent from the data subjects to transfer their personal data.

The Data Protection Act has had a significant impact on international data transfers for businesses operating in Albania. While the act aligns with the GDPR, businesses must also consider the data protection laws of third countries when transferring personal data outside of the EEA. This requires a careful assessment of the adequacy level of protection and the implementation of appropriate safeguards to protect the personal data being transferred.

Overall, the Data Protection Act has strengthened Albania’s data protection laws and brought them in line with international standards. As a result, businesses operating in Albania must be aware of the act’s requirements and take the necessary steps to ensure compliance when transferring personal data outside of the EEA. Failure to comply with the act can result in significant fines and reputational damage for businesses.


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