Inspector

The Institute of the Personal Data Protection Inspector was established in 2013 on the basis of Georgian Law on the Personal Data Protection. The Inspector controls and supervises the implementation of the personal data protection legislation and legitimacy of personal data processing.

The basic directions of the Inspector’s activities are:

  • Consulting public and private organizations on the issues related to the personal data protection;
  • Dealing with the citizens’ complaints;
  • Inspecting the lawfulness of the data processing;
  • Informing public on the data protection situation in the country and other related issues.

The principles of the activities of the Inspector are: legality, respect and protection of the human rights and freedoms, independence and political neutrality, impartiality, professionalism, protection of the professional confidentiality and secrecy.

The Inspector is independent and is not subordinated to any public body or public official. Any influence on or interference within the activities of the Inspector is prohibited and punished by law.

The Inspector is inviolable. No criminal proceedings may be instituted against him/her, he/she may not be arrested or detained, and his/her apartment, vehicle, office, as well as he/she himself/herself may not be searched without the consent of the Parliament of Georgia. The exemption is being caught in flagrante delicto that shall be immediately reported to the Parliament.

On July 1, 2013 Mrs. Tamar Kaldani was appointed as the Personal Data Protection Inspector of Georgia. On July 2, 2016 she was elected by the Parliament of Georgia as the Personal Data Protection Inspector of Georgia for three years.

Date of birth: 23 February 1981

Professional Experience:

Main positions

Since 2013 - The Personal Data Protection Inspector of Georgia;

2008-2013 - Open Society Georgia Foundation, Deputy Executive Director/Human Rights and Good Governance Program Manager;

2005-2007 - Open Society Georgia Foundation, Law Program Coordinator;

2004 - Kordzadze Law Office, Lawyer;

2003-2004 - Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, “Rule of Law” Program Director;

2002 - Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, “Rule of Law” Program Legal Advisor;

2000-2001 - Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, Regional Development Project Director.

Other professional activities

Since 2018 – Elected First Vice-Chair of the Bureau of the Consultative Committee (T-PD) of the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (Convention 108);

Since 2016 – Elected member of the Bureau of the Consultative Committee (T-PD) of the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (Convention 108);

Since 2016 – Represented in the Interagency Coordination Council for Human Rights (with the right to vote);

Since 2014 - Member of the Consultative Committee (T-PD) of the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (Convention 108);

Since 2014 - Member of the Government Coordination Commission of the Population Census of Georgia;

Since 2013 - Member of the Interagency Anti-Corruption Coordination Council of Georgia;

2011-2012 - Expert of the Georgian Evaluation Association Project „Evaluation of the 2012-2014 Strategy Plan of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia“;

2009-2012 - Member of the Legal Aid Working Group of the Criminal Justice Reform Interagency Coordination Council;

2003-2012 - Member of the Georgian Young Lawyers' Association Board;

2009 - Expert of the Georgian Evaluation Association Project „Evaluation of the 2009-2011 Strategy Plan of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia“;

2001-2003, 2007-2008 - Deputy Chair of the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association;

2007 - Member of the Technical and Steering Committees, British Council project “Reform of the Prosecution Service”;

2005-2006 – Member of the Legal Aid Service Council;

2005 – Consultant of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Project “Democracy Assessment Process in Georgia”;

2002 - Consultant of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.

Academic experience

Since 2017 - Caucasus International University, Faculty of Law, Invited Lecturer, Course - Personal Data Protection Law;

Since 2015 - Caucasus University, Caucasus School of Law, Invited Lecturer, Course - Personal Data Protection;

Since 2014 - Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Law, Invited Lecturer, Course - Personal Data and Instruments for their Protection;

Since 2014 - Georgian-American University, Law, Social Sciences and Diplomacy School, Invited Lecturer, Course - Personal Data Protection.

Author, co-author and editor of more than 10 publications, including the 9th and 10th grade Civic Education Textbook (co-author), Textbook of Practical Law (author), the article “Implementation of International Standards of Personal Data Protection in Georgia” (co-author).

Participation in professional events:

Participant of more than 100 international conferences, teaching programs, trainings and meetings on legal aid, procedural rights, freedom of information, anti-corruption, budget transparency, protection of personal data and privacy. Panelist and expert at the data protection roundtable as well as the roundtable for sharing experience with the newly established personal data protection supervisory bodies, organized by the Council of Europe, workshop on the recent European regulations organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross, International Conference on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Personal Data Protection Law in Poland, 19th Meeting of the Central and Eastern Europe Data Protection Authorities (CEEDPA), 27th and 28th Annual Spring Conference of the European Data Protection Authorities, 59th Meeting of the International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications (Berlin Group). She also participated in the European Union Visitors Programme (EUVP) 2016, study visit on the effective supervision of personal data protection in security services and International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) titled “Data Protection in the U.S.” in 2018.

Education:

2007-2010 – Delta International University, Master Program in Business Administration, MBA;

2001 – The University of Iowa, College of Education, Civic Education program, visiting staff member;

1998-2003 – Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Law, LL.M.

Languages:

Georgian, English, Russian

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