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Juanita Goicovici: Portability of Personal Data


Abstract: The study addresses the issue of the personal data portability, in the perimeter of the exercising of the data subject’s right of access to personal data collected and processing by personal data controllers, as outlined in the text of art. 15 of Regulation no. 679 of 27 April 2016 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data. The exercise of the right of personal data portability does not imply merely insular effects, since it consequentially engages archipelago effects, as it is at the forefront of the effective exercise of other essential rights of the data subject, in the light of the GDPR and Directive 2019/770 provisions, implicitly conditioning, to a considerable extent, the exercise of the right of access to personal data, the right to rectification of personal data and the right to oppose the processing of personal data. The subject’s control exercised over the personal data processing concerning the active participation of the data subject in updating his / her preferences in terms of consenting to personal data processing, including the decision to port the personal data to another controller, find their normative expression in the binomen represented by the data subject’s right of access and the right of data portability. Data portability requires the implementing of pertinent technical standards, in terms of adequacy and appropriateness of mechanism aimed at the facilitating of the transfer from one data controller to another, such as the ability to export user data into a user-accessible local file, thus promoting interoperability, as well as facilitating searchability and data subject’s effective control over data processing.

Keywords: portability; personal data; right of access; right of restriction; right of opposition


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