Classified Information Innovations

Classified Information Innovations

The adoption of the new Law No. 10/2023 “On Classified Information”, which is expected to enter into force 15 days after its publication two days ago in the Official Gazette, will bring several innovations aimed at updating the legal framework for the disciplines of information classified according to the standards of the EU and NATO countries.

These innovations are:

  • Creation by law of new authorities for the protection of classified information in communication and information systems such as:

• National Security Accreditation Authority (AKAS);

• National Safety Testing and Evaluation Authority (AKTVS);

• National Communications Security Authority (AKSK);

• National Cyber Defense Authority (AKMK).

  • The handling of the “after care” principle, according to which, security measures and security verification for persons who have access to classified information continues even after their appropriate certification and authorization for familiarization with classified information.
  • Detailing the categories of information that will be subject to the classification process, making it easier to guide institutions to draw up lists of classified information, avoiding over-classification.
  • Exemption from security verification procedures for the President of the Republic of Albania and the Prime Minister, who are authorized to have access to classified information, due to the performance of their official duties, are provided with CSP without security verification.
  • EU Classified Information, which is recorded, distributed, managed according to standards that ensure the same level of protection as that required by the EU under general security agreements;
  • Increasing the transparency framework related to the publication of issues related to the obligations of the parties to the contract, without compromising the security of classified information.
  • Partial declassification, to authoritatively disclose information that can be separated from information that cannot be declassified.
  • Definition of the concept of foreign ownership, as a form of control or threatening influence for the security of classified information for the account and in the interest of countries or parties;
  • Determining security breaches, dividing them into serious and minor;
  • The imposition of administrative measures against persons who commit these violations.

This law will be applied to all public institutions, natural and legal persons, economic operators, who for the exercise of their duties and based on the “need to know” principle, are required to have access to classified information.

In addition, about the content of the Law “On Classified Information”, below you can find the relevant link: