Plenary session of the Consultative Committee of Convention 108  A word from the Chair

I have had the immense honour and pleasure of being elected Chair of the Committee during its 2016 Plenary meeting. I have been representing the Italian Data Protection Authority (‘il Garante’) in the Committee for several years now and have this way been able to contribute to a work that I consider of fundamental importance. Ensuring an effective protection to individuals necessarily implies a framework of multilateral exchange and cooperation. In Strasbourg, we strive at enabling the evolution of data protection and at extending the spread of cooperation beyond our national or regional borders. I am proud to represent a Committee which brings together 50 member countries and over 10 observer countries, in the perspective of protecting and promoting human rights.

Alessandra Pierucci

 

Established by Convention 108, the Consultative Committee (T-PD) consists of representatives of Parties to the Convention complemented by observers from other States (members or non-members) and international organisations, and is responsible for interpreting the provisions and for improving the implementation of the Convention.

The T-PD Committee is also responsible for drafting reports, guide lines and guiding principles on such topics as, the contractual clauses governing data protection during the transfer of personal data to third parties not bound by an adequate level of data protection or data protection with regard to biometrics.

It has adopted inter alia an amendment to Convention 108, allowing the European Communities to accede to it. Moreover, it adopted an additional protocol to Convention 108 regarding supervisory authorities and transborder data flows, opened to signature in 2004, reinforcing the Supervisory Authorities and prohibiting the transfer of personal data to States or organizations that do not provide for an adequate level of protection.

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