Data Protection

Convention & Protocol



STATEMENT OF FACTS - Fourth session, Application no. 58170/13, BIG BROTHER WATCH and others,against the United Kingdom, lodged on 4 September 2013


  • Data Protection Day (28 January 2014)
  • DPD Event 2014
  • 1st meeting of the Ad hoc Committee on Data Protection (CAHDATA) (Strasbourg, 12-14 November 2013)
  • 35th International Conference of Data Protection & Privacy Commissioners: 'A compass in turbulent world' (Warsaw, Poland, 23-26 September 2013)
  • (28/06/2013) "Web tracking": International Working group on Privacy in Telecommunications (Berlin Group) demands better protection of privacy - Respect for context, transparency and control remains essential.(11/06/2013) Committee of Ministers adopts Declaration on Risks to Fundamental Rights stemming from Digital Tracking and other Surveillance Technologies
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    In a Declaration issued to governments, the Committee of Ministers say that legislation allowing for overly broad surveillance of citizens can challenge their privacy and have a chilling effect on their freedom of expression and the freedom of the media.

  • Beyond: Is your personal data under your control?

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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.

The handbook will also be translated in Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian and Spanish.



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.