The group of ‘Michał Serzycki’ Data Protection Award winners has expanded

This year the ‘Michal Serzycki’ Data Protection Award was awarded to Małgorzata Margulska-Haczyk and Xawery Konarski.

The ceremony of awarding the ‘Michał Serzycki’ Data Protection Awards by Jan Nowak, the President of the Personal Data Protection Office, was the main event of the 16th edition of the Data Protection Day.

The winners of the ‘Michal Serzycki’ Data Protection Award in 2022

This year the awards were presented for the fifth time. They were awarded to:

  • Małgorzata Margulska-Haczyk – Headmistress of Władysław Jagiełło Primary School No. 9 in Kutno. The teaching staff and students of the school managed by the winner are actively involved in activities related to the UODO's nationwide educational programme for schools and educational institutions entitled "Twoje dane – Twoja sprawa" (Your data – Your concern). The Headmistress has become known as an extremely proactive promoter of the principles of personal data protection in the school environment. She promotes these issues among students and teachers in a creative and innovative way. The activities undertaken by the Kutno primary school community resulted in the school taking the second place in the competition for schools' scripts, which was organized within the 11th edition of the program in the school year 2020/2021. The author of a video guide for parents entitled "Family life online and offline. Let's talk about personal data protection" took the honorable first place in the competition for students in the same edition of the program.
  • Attorney Xawery Konarski – legal expert with over 20 years of experience in the field of new technologies. Co-founder of one of the largest law firms, where he supervises the work of teams associated with the right to privacy and personal data protection. Specializing in the right to personal data protection and privacy, he contributes to raising the level of knowledge in this field, which is particularly valuable in the era of rapid development of modern technologies and digital transformation. He advises Polish and international companies and organizations on telecommunications, IT, Internet and personal data and information protection law. As a legal expert, he participated in legislative work on acts in the field of new technologies and personal data protection.

About the ‘Michal Serzycki’ Data Protection Award

The ‘Michal Serzycki’ Data Protection Award, which was established by Ph.D. Edyta Bielak-Jomaa, the previous President of the UODO, honors those who contribute to broadening awareness of privacy and the role of data protection in many fields and environments.

Since 2018, the award has been presented annually during the celebration of Data Protection Day. This date has a symbolic dimension, as Poland joined the celebration of the Data Protection Day in 2007, i.e. at the time when the patron of the award – Michał Serzycki – held the position of the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection of the third term. One of the results of his activities was the initiation of large-scale information and education activities of the personal data protection authority.