Data Protection

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WHY?

Data protection issues, including their cross-border dimension, are for ever present in citizens’ lives – at work, in their relations with public authorities, in the health field, when they buy goods or services, when they travel or surf the internet.

Nevertheless, it is a well-known fact that European citizens are generally unfamiliar with data protection issues and unaware of their rights in this respect.

Moreover, data protection does not usually feature in the curricula of schools and universities.

On the Data Protection Day, events should be organised all over Europe to raise awareness on data protection and inform citizens of their rights and of good practices, thereby enabling them to exercise these rights more effectively.

The Data Protection Day should be a special occasion, a time set aside by each and every one of us to familiarise ourselves with a largely unknown, yet major, facet of our everyday lives.