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    40th T-PD Bureau meeting

    (Strasbourg, 30 November - 2 December 2016)


    "Balancing Globalisation's Benefits and Commitments:

    Accession to Data Protection Convention 108 by countries

    Outside Europe" (by Pr Graham Greenleaf)



     15.09.2016 - The Consultative Committee of Convention 108 adopted an Opinion on the “Data protection implications of the processing of Passenger Name Records”. The Committee considers it necessary to recall the data protection principles that are applicable to such systems, underlining that the interference with human rights, including the right to the protection of private life and to the protection of personal data can only occur when the necessary conditions have been fulfilled (more…).

    25.08.2016 - The Republic of Senegal deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention 108 and its additional Protocol. The Convention and its Protocol will enter into force in respect of Senegal on 1 December 2016. Senegal will become the 50th Party to Convention 108 (more…).



Mauritius joins the Data Protection Convention


33rd T-PD meeting (Strasbourg, 29 June - 1 July 2016)


International Conference "Convention 108: from a European reality to a global treaty" (Strasbourg, 17 June 2016)

Link to the Secretary General's speech


CAHDATA meeting (Strasbourg, 15-16 June 2016)


38th T-PD Bureau meeting (Paris, 22-24 March 2016)


Council of Europe at Brussels Conference:

10th anniversary of Data Protection Day

Strasbourg, 18.01.2016 - The Council of Europe is organising a workshop on 28 January in Brussels at the 9th Edition of the “Computers, Privacy and Data Protection international conference” (CPDP) to take stock of ten years of experience of the Data Protection Day, and to assess how this celebration has contributed to raise awareness about the protection of personal data in Europe and beyond.

 This year is the 10th anniversary of the Data Protection Day, which was established by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in 2006. The date was chosen to mark the opening for signature of the data protection convention, known as “Convention 108”, on 28 January 1981.

Please see our "Special file" on Data Protection Day (special pages to know more about our initiatives, as well as initiatives taken at national level).

Compilation of Data Protection Day forms 2016

Video prepared by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)

 The aim of the workshop will be to recall the objective of this celebration, why it matters and the progress made since 2006; show-case some great practices and initiatives; and take stock of the difficulties encountered.

 The multi-stakeholder panel will be chaired by Maria Michaelidou, programme advisor at the Data Protection Unit of the Council of Europe and moderated by Christiana Markou, lecturer in law at European University Cyprus.

 The Council of Europe is also co-organising, on the same day, together with the European Data Protection Supervisor and the American National Cyber Security Alliance a transatlantic dialogue on the development of a sustainable 'Big Data' ecosystem, with speakers both in Washington D.C. and in Brussels (Please see our Big Data report prepared by Ms. Antoinette Rouvroy).

 During the conference, will be held from 27 to 29 January, the Council of Europe delegation will also contribute to panels on “Cross Border Data Requests for Law Enforcement in the
Post-Snowden Era”, “Intelligence services surveillance in the EU: fundamental rights, safeguards and remedies” and “Internet architecture and human rights”.

 CPDP is a non-profit platform originally founded in 2007 by research groups from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Université de Namur and Tilburg University and has now grown into a platform carried by 20 academic centres of excellence from the EU, the US and beyond. Every year it brings together academics, lawyers, practitioners, policy-makers, industry and civil society from all over the world to exchange ideas and discuss the latest emerging issues and trends.

 Committee of Ministers resolution


Council of Europe issues network neutrality guidelines to protect freedom of expression and privacy : The Council of Europe today called on European states to safeguard the principle of network neutrality in the development of national legal frameworks in order to ensure the protection of the right to freedom of expression and to access to information, and the right to privacy... (more)



Beyond: Is your personal data under your control?

Beyond: Contrôlez-vous l'accès à vos données personnelles?

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    Handbook on European data protection law

    This Handbook is a comprehensive guide to European data protection law designed to familiarise legal practitioners who are not specialised in the field of data protection with this area of law. It provides an overview of the EU’s and the CoE’s applicable legal frameworks and explains key jurisprudence of both the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

    Handbook in English and French and in other languages : Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Georgian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish and Ukrainian.

    DATA PROTECTION DAY (28 January)

  • Data Protection Day : Why? For Whom? Activities  



    You go somewhere, you buy something, you apply for a job, you pay your bills : you live ... and at each of those moments of your life, your personal information is used, collected, processed. In order to protect your right to private life, with regard to the automatic processing of your personal data, the Council of Europe elaborated the "Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data".

    30 years after its entry into force, this Convention still remains the only binding international legal instrument in the field, with a potential worldwide scope of application.