The State Inspectorate has completed an investigation of the Special Penitentiary Service and the Ministry of Justice of Georgia into the legality of obtaining and disclosing the personal data of Georgia's third president, Mikheil Saakashvili.
According to the agency's statement, by the decision of the State Inspectorate the Ministry of Justice and the Special Penitentiary Service have been held administratively liable for several episodes of administrative offence under Article 44 of the Law of Georgia on Personal Data Protection.
"In particular, the State Inspectorate found that the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and the Special Penitentiary Service released the personal details of Mikhail Saakashvili - information on the products bought and consumed by Mikhail Saakashvili in the penitentiary institution shop and his food rations. Additions, a video recording of Mikheil Saakashvili's exit from Prison No. 12 and his transfer to Prison No. 18, as well as the video of his transportation from Prison No. 12 of Prison No. 18 was published in violation of Article 4 (a) of the Law of Georgia (data must be processed fairly and lawfully and without prejudice to the dignity of the data subject), "b" (data may be processed only for specific, clearly defined, lawful purposes), "c" (data may be processed only to the extent necessary to achieve the relevant lawful purpose) and "d" (data must be true and accurate and, if necessary, must be extended) subparagraphs ", the agency reports.
The state inspector imposed a fine on the penitentiary service. At the same time, the agencies were ordered to remove the videos of Mikheil Saakashvili.
Based on the above-mentioned, the Ministry of Justice of Georgia was fined for administrative violation of the Article 44, paragraph one of the Law of Georgia on Personal Data Protection.
The Special Penitentiary Service has been fined for administrative violations provided by the second paragraph of Article 44 of the Law of Georgia on Personal Data Protection.
"At the same time the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and the Special Penitentiary Service have been ordered to remove video and audio recordings of Mikheil Saakashvili's personal data from Facebook social network as well as from their official websites," the State Inspector said in a statement.