Office of the Information and Data Protection Commissioner of Malta

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Country or territory: Malta
Organisation: Office of the Information and Data Protection Commissioner
Chair: Mr Saviour Cachia
Location/address: Floor 2
Airways House
High Street
Sliema
SLM 1549
Malta
Primary contact: Tel: +356 23287100
Email: idpc.info@gov.mt
Number of staff: 10
Year established: 2002
Founding Act or Law: Data Protection Act (ACT XXVI of 2001)
Online profile (website, social media, etc.): Website: idpc.gov.mt
General description of activities: This Office’s principal area of activity is to protect individuals’ data protection rights by regulating the processing of personal data carried out by data controllers. This includes the investigation of data protection and freedom of information complaints, raising awareness and co-operating with other data protection authorities.
General description of enforcement actions (powers of investigation, inspection and/or sanction): The law gives the Commissioner the following powers:

  • for the purpose of investigating data subjects’ complaints, have access to personal data processed by the data controller;
  • enter and search any premises of the controller;
  • intervene by a Rectification Order, Erasure Order or a Stop Processing Order;
  • impose administrative fines;
  • initiate court proceedings.
Number of decisions, opinions, recommendations in previous year: Data Protection – 60 official decisions
Freedom of Information – 8 decisions