Mirosław Wróblewski was elected by the Sejm as the president of the Personal Data Protection Office (UODO). Wróblewski was recommended for this position by the Civic Coalition club. His opponent was Jakub Groszkowski, current deputy president of the Personal Data Protection Office, recommended by PiS.
In the vote, Wróblewski was supported by 240 MPs, Groszkowski – 169. The Sejm’s decision must still be approved by the Senate.
Personal Data Protection Office – processing of personal data on the territory of Poland
The President of the Personal Data Protection Office is the central public administration authority for personal data protection in Poland. Pursuant to the act, he is appointed for a 4-year term of office by the Sejm with the consent of the Senate. In April 2019, the Sejm appointed and the Senate accepted Jan Nowak as the President of the Personal Data Protection Office. His term of office expired in May 2023. Since then, the Parliament has not chosen his successor, therefore Nowak continues to serve as the President of the Personal Data Protection Office. The Personal Data Protection Office monitors the processing of personal data in Poland. The President of the Office has the authority to submit applications for legislative initiative or for the issuance or amendment of legal acts in matters relating to the protection of personal data. It may request the initiation of disciplinary proceedings or other proceedings provided for by law against persons who have committed violations of personal data protection provisions. The President of the Personal Data Protection Office conducts proceedings in cases of violation of personal data protection provisions and may impose fines on entities obliged to comply with the GDPR.
Who is Mirosław Wróblewski?
Mirosław Wróblewski is currently the director of the Constitutional, International and European Law Team of the Office of the Ombudsman. He graduated in law and political science (specialization – international relations). He is the author of nearly 50 articles and scientific publications in the field of constitutional, international, European and protection law human rights. In recent years, he has prepared or cooperated in the preparation of the positions of the Commissioner for Human Rights and represented the Commissioner for Human Rights in court proceedings and before the Constitutional Tribunal. Wróblewski was a member of the management board of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency in 2012-2017.
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