At the end of May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation, which also binds the Republic of Slovenia, began to apply in all Member States. In the diploma thesis I wanted to check the success of the implementation of this regulation in the Republic of Slovenia and to examine the awareness of the population about changes and innovations in the field of personal data protection.
With an opinion poll involving 295 adult people in Slovenia, we wanted to check the awareness of the population and their understanding of legislation on the protection of personal data. With another survey involving 118 employees in senior citizens homes, and with a time analysis of the process of implementing the General Data Protection Regulation in social welfare organizations in Slovenia, I wanted to check the success of the introduction of the regulation in practice.
On the basis of the results of opinion research and the examination of the process of implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation in practice, on the basis of statistical analyzes and the established facts, we verified the hypotheses (»At least two thirds of the population of Slovenia knows very well about the legislation on the protection of personal data.«, »More than four fifths of the population of Slovenia are aware of possible abuse of personal data.« and »Adapting Slovenian legislation to General Data Protection Regulation runs smoothly.«) and found that none of them can be accepted.
With the diploma thesis, we wanted to create an overview of the field of personal data protection and consequently contribute to a better understanding of the legislation. we also wanted to present the problems that arise in the implementation of legislation in practice, and we found that knowledge of legislation has a key role for the entire population of Slovenia. Based on the results of the research it is meaningful to actively encourage the population of Slovenia to additional education in the field of personal data protection, and thus limit the possibility of abuse of their personal data.