PRAGUE, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Czech Chamber of Deputies approved on Wednesday a new privacy protection bill.
The bill came after the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules became effective in the European Union (EU) since May 25.
The new law introduces mainly the acceptable exemptions from the GDPR. The penalty for violation of the law may be up to 10 million crowns (around 440,000 U.S. dollars). For small municipalities, the upper limit was lowered to 15,000 crowns.
The government's bill defines exemptions from the GDPR for the media and for scientific research and statistical purposes.
Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said that he is satisfied with the passed version, and it is exactly the same as he proposed.
"From my point of view, it makes life easier for a great number of entities, especially for small municipalities because there is no risk of those huge fines for them," Hamacek was quoted as saying.
Under the bill, journalists will not have to ask every participant in a rally or demonstration to agree to the publication of a video or photo including him or her. They will not even have to ask the speaker to agree to the release of his or her attitudes or political stances in such events. Even the use of a hidden camera should not be sanctioned in justified cases. In case someone asked to erase or to correct personal data, the procedure would be similar to that applied according to the law on press and the law on television and radio broadcasting.
The bill will be sent to the Senate for approval. (1 U.S. dollar = 22.702 crowns)