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Uzbekistan's Data Protection Law Not All It Seems

Uzbekistan has introduced a law protecting personal data that will make it illegal to disseminate information about people’s private life without prior express permission.

The legislation, approved by acting President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on September 23, will make disclosing personal information punishable by severe fines or prison terms. 

Offenders may be cleared if they admit their guilt and reach a settlement with the injured party, news website gazeta.ru reported.

On the face of it, the development appears to be a positive one and has been welcomed by members of the public.

“These badly needed legal changes will protect citizens from law enforcement organs that gather personal data about people and use it against them,” Irina Tomshevich, an accountant in a private company, told EurasiaNet.org.

But according to Alexei Volosevich, the legal amendments are in violation of laws regulating the functions of the media.

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Uzbekistan's Data Protection Law Not All It Seems

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