The regulatory framework
With due regard to the confidential nature of banking sources and the ongoing reorganisation of the collections, the Historical Archives grant the widest access to the documents in observance of current legislation on archive consultation: forty years from issue for documents in general and seventy years for documents relating to private personal matters (Ethical Code; procedure N°. 8/P of 14 March 2001 issued by the Data Protection Authority, Article 10, and Cultural Heritage Code, Decree Law N°. 42/2004).
The Historical Archives staff comply with the principles of free access to the sources, and of fairness and non-discrimination towards users in observance of Articles 1 and 5 of the aforementioned Ethical Code. Users accessing the sources are responsible for processing and disclosing the confidential and sensitive information contained in the documents in an appropriate manner, and subscribe to Articles 9-11 of the Ethical Code.
The Historical Archives also safeguard data on customers’ assets and liabilities as well as individual aspects of bank employees’ working relationships, in accordance with Article 14 of this regulation.