Requests for EGNs Are to Be Banned Along with Copying of ID Cards

Soon officials and companies will be no longer allowed to request for EGNs or copies of ID cards to use many services.

Exception will of course be made if the law requires the provision of an EGN (a 10-digit unique number assigned to each Bulgarian citizen or resident foreign national, it serves as a national identification number and is assigned to Bulgarians at birth, or when a birth certificate is issued) - for example as required when issuing an invoice. This was proposed by the Commission for the Protection of Personal Data, while the speaker of the proposal will be Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, announced "24 chasa".

The new European regulation on personal data GDPR will come into force on 25 May. The amendments are published for public discussion and most of them are being made in order for Bulgarian law to meet the requirements introduced by the GDPR, as required by Bulgaria's membership of the European Union.

Bulgarian law only references the European regulation and is likely to enter force long after it. However, the requirements of the regulation will apply automatically from May 25. Employers will no longer be allowed to copy ID cards, driver's licenses, and any other personal documents. Employers are also unable to keep documents for applicants for more than 3 months.

An exception could be made again if a particular law requires it. The limitation for taking personal documents will also apply to all other businesses and administrations.

Parents will have to fill in their children's Internet data until the age of 14.

Internet companies will not have the right to use the personal data of children, the bill also provides. The only way to use data per person under the age of 14 is to have it provided by their parent.

The Bulgarian law also specifies some of the details in the European regulation, which are business related. The Personal Data Protection Commission will determine the amount of the fines - from BGN 10,000 to the BGN equivalent of EUR 20 million.  The second relief for business will be that only companies that process personal data of over 10,000 people will be obliged to have to employ a Special Data Protection Officer. In the EU regulation, this duty is for all companies with over 250 employees.

In the Bulgarian law, the definition of personal data is removed, instead of it, the definitions of the regulation will be used. This is a very broad definition which includes data such as email addresses, IP addresses, etc.

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