Protection of confidential statistical information
The Bank of Lithuania, in collecting statistical data directly from reporting agents and other respondents or indirectly from institutions, as well as in compiling, publishing and storing statistical information, ensures its protection and the protection of statistical data. Statistical information, which can be used to identify reporting agents or any other legal person, natural person, entity or branch directly from their name, address or from an officially allocated identification code or indirectly through deduction, thereby disclosing individual information is considered confidential and is only used for carrying out the functions of the Bank of Lithuania and the tasks of the ESCB as well as in other cases specified in legal acts.
To ensure protection of confidential statistical information, the Bank of Lithuania complies with the following legal acts:
- Council Regulation (EC) No 2533/98 of 23 November 1998 concerning the collection of statistical information by the European Central Bank as last amended and supplemented
- Guideline of the ECB of 22 December 1998 concerning the common rules and minimum standards to protect the confidentiality of the individual statistical information collected by the ECB assisted by the national central banks (ECB/1998/NP28)
- Guideline (EU) 2016/256 of the European Central Bank of 5 February 2016 concerning the extension of common rules and minimum standards to protect the confidentiality of the statistical information collected by the European Central Bank assisted by the national central banks to national competent authorities of participating Member States and to the European Central Bank in its supervisory functions (ECB/2016/1)
- Republic of Lithuania Law on Statistics
- Republic of Lithuania Law on Legal Protection of Personal Data
The Bank of Lithuania takes necessary regulatory, administrative, technical and organisational measures to ensure the physical and logical protection of confidential statistical information from its unlawful disclosure or unauthorised use. It also ensures prevention from identification of the data of a single entity (reporting agent or other legal persons, natural persons, entities or branches) directly or indirectly in aggregate statistical information. Otherwise, aggregate statistical information is made public only with that entity's consent to disclose information.
The ECB assesses on an annual basis how national central banks ensure protection of confidential data. The report of the ECB on confidentiality protection is made public (Statistical confidentiality protection in the European System of Central Banks).