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Latvian government to decide on dismissal of head of Data State Inspectorate

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Tuesday, 8 September, Latvian government will decide on the dismissal of Data State Inspectorate Director Signe Plumina from her post, according to the government’s agenda.

It is stated in the explanation for the suggestion that Plumina has failed to provide sufficient control over actualization of regulations. With that, there is a risk of improper use of regulations and the risk of planning documents not being properly maintained.

Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnacs was informed by State Audit in a letter that Plumina had allegedly breached rules of the Law on Prevention of Conflict of Interest in Activities of Public Officials in her decision on remuneration of her business trip expenses.

Plumina notes that she has been informed of the minister’s decision. However, she says she was not aware the matter has already been added to the government’s next week agenda. Plumina could not say what could have motivated Rasnacs to make this decision.

The minister notes that there are major changes coming to data protection rules in the near future. With that, serious changes will be necessary for Data State Inspectorate. This is why Rasnacs wants to launch a personnel selection process to see if there are any good candidates with fresh ideas. Plumina will be able to apply as well.

The minister also added that his decision is not tied to 3 September news about the publication of the name of the girl who suffered from sexual abuse, adding that this decision was made before then.

As it has become known, data available in the Enterprise Register contains the name of the girl who suffered sexual abuse in Liepaja. The publicly available document is the order given by a judge of Riga City Northern District Court to arrest the company owned by the Danish entrepreneur who turned out to be a paedophile. The document in question also contains the name of the victim. It was not made anonymous. On top of that, the document also contains information that the victim suffered sexual abuse.

State Child Rights Protection Inspectorate has noted that this is not the first time personal information of a child involved in a criminal process appears in public space. This is why in August the inspectorate sent a letter to Justice Ministry containing proposals for amendments to the Criminal Law in order to prevent future information leaks.

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