The Estonian Databases Act

The Estonian Databases Act was passed on April 12, 1997. The Databases Act is a general law for databases, in so far as it sets out the general principles for the maintenance of databases, prescribes requirements and protection measures for data processing, and unifies the terminology to be used in the maintenance of databases.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How is a database defined under the Databases Act?
What rules apply to the establishment of a database?
What are State and local Government databases?
What is the role of the Data Protection Inspectorate under the Databases Act?
What sanctions apply for violation of the databases act?

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