The 17th Personal Data Protection Day is over!

Traditionally, we celebrate Personal Data Protection Day in January. This year the 17th celebration was held on January 31 in Elk, and the main theme of the Poland-wide scientific conference was "The future of personal data protection in the light of technology development.”

The Polish SA organised the event in cooperation with the President of the City of Ełk and the Ełk branch of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, where the scientific conference was held.

The group of laureates of the Michal Serzycki Award has expanded

As part of the celebration of the 17th Personal Data Protection Day, the Michal Serzycki Awards were presented for the sixth time. Jakub Groszkowski, Deputy President of the Personal Data Protection Office, handed out these special awards to the laureates.

The awards were given to:

Edyta Bielak-Jomaa, PhD - President of the Personal Data Protection Office in 2018-2019 and Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data in 2015-2018. Lecturer on personal data protection, labour law and foreign labour migration. Author of more than 50 studies on personal data protection, labour law and labour market issues as well as the organiser of numerous national and international conferences, debates and workshops on these issues.

Urszula Góral, PhD - lecturer at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, where she lectures on personal data protection and defended her doctoral thesis on EU personal data protection policy. She also currently serves as a DPO at the Chancellery of the Sejm. She is the author of many articles and publications on personal data protection and participates in numerous conferences and trainings related to this matter.

Iwona Niedzielska-Taźbier - teacher from Elementary School No. 17 with Integrative Branches named after the 21st Podhale Rifles Brigade in Rzeszów. Since 2018, she has served as the school coordinator of the " Your data – Your concern" programme. She is the author of numerous in-school materials on personal data protection and Internet safety, and the initiator of many other activities organized as part of the Polish SA’s educational programme for schools.

Discussing personal data protection issues in the circle of seniors, students and local governmentofficials

The agenda of this year's Personal Data Protection Day also included side events. One of them was a workshop with students of the Elk branch of the University of Warmia and Mazury entitled "Personal data protection in the context of cyber threats", as well as a workshop with senior citizens on the protection of personal data when using new technologies in everyday life.

At the City Hall of Elk, all those interested in the subject of personal data protection could take advantage of consultations provided by representatives of the Polish SA. The City Hall also hosted a training course for representatives of local governments from the Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship on the ensuring personal data protection by local government units in connection with technological challenges.