Former Justice Ministry official wins tender to head Data State Inspectorate

  • 2020-02-11
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Jekaterina Macuka, a former director of the Justice Ministry's Department of Sectorial Policy, has won the competition to become the new head of the Data State Inspectorate, LETA was told at the State Chancellery.

The Cabinet of Ministers has yet to approve the winning candidate's appointment.

Representatives of the State Chancellery informed that Macuka started her career at the Religious Affairs Administration where he worked from 2004 to 2008.

In 2009 she joined the Justice Ministry where she headed the religious affairs section of the Department of Sectorial Policy and later became the department's director. She held this position until 2017.

Macuka has graduated from the University of Latvia with a master's degree in law.

Macuka believes that when it comes to data protection, the Data State Inspectorate should lead by example. Her priorities include promoting dialogue between public administration and the private sector, including between data administrators and persons who submit their data.

In all, 18 candidates took part in the tender for the Data State Inspectorate's new head.

The Data State Inspectorate's previous head Daiga Avdejeva resigned on December 31, 2019 as her office term expired. Her former deputy Lasma Dilba was appointed the Data State Inspectorate's acting head.

The Data State Inspectorate is a state institution tasked with supervising compliance with personal data protection rules; taking decisions and reviewing complaints regarding the protection of personal data, SPAM, electronic communication, etc.; registering (notifying) personal data processing; proposing and carrying out activities aimed at raising the efficiency of personal data protection (e.g. legislation activities); accrediting trusted electronic signature providers.