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Data Protection Day


On 26 April 2006, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided to launch a Data Protection Day, to be celebrated each year on 28 January.


Why the 28 January? This date corresponds to the anniversary of the opening for signature of the Council of Europe's Convention 108 for the Protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data which has been for over 30 years a cornerstone of data protection, in Europe and beyond.


Data Protection Day is now celebrated globally and is called the "Privacy Day" outside Europe.

Data Protection DAY 2014

This year we are celebrating the 8th edition of Data Protection Day. Like every year, a compilation of the awareness-raising activities organised on this occasion by data protection supervisory authorities and some public or private sector stakeholders is available on our website (starting 24 January 2014*), enabling you to be informed on the events taking place in each country.

For this 8th edition, the Data Protection Unit is co-organising a side event on the “After Snowden: using law and technology to counter snooping” during the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, on 28 January 2014.

Moreover, the “Handbook on European data protection law” prepared in cooperation with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the European Court of Human Rights will be launched on this day. The handbook will be made available on our respective websites starting 28 January.

And finally, on 22 January 2014 the Data Protection Unit will organise a panel on “Internet Governance for (privacy experts) beginners” in the framework of the International Conference on Computer, Privacy and Data Protection in Brussels. The programme of the conference is available here.

Data Protection Day form 2014


Compilation of Data Protection Day forms 2014*


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. (more)

The aim of the Data Protection Day is to give everyone a chance to understand what personal data is collected and processed and why, and what our rights are with respect to this processing. (more)


Each interested member state, national or international body is encouraged to participate. The Data Protection Day is intended to be organised in a flexible and decentralised manner so as to cater for the wishes and resources of each participant.

Interested states or bodies may determine the type of activity they wish to organise. To this end, they may wish to take into account any data protection raising-awareness strategy that they may have at national level.

The Council of Europe has no specific budget for this activity. Therefore, each State and/or interested body has to finance on its own budget any activity it wishes to organise within the framework of this Day.

However, in view of the fact that most data protection supervisory authorities and some public or private sector parties already organise awareness-raising activities, participation in the Data Protection Day would not necessarily entail an additional financial burden.

It would be more a matter of including the 28th of January when planning events in the framework of a State and/or interested body’s awareness-raising strategy.

Further information:


Compilation of the 2013 forms


Data Privacy Day


European Privacy Day


Data Protection Day - Activities




Speech by Crispin Blunt MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (UK)


Speech by Ambassador Torbjørn Frøysnes, Special Representative of Secretary General of the Council of Europe to the European Union in Brussels


Speech by Jörg Polakiewicz "Profiling - The Council of Europe's contribution"


Intervention of Wanda Sigrid Arzt Colunga, Federal Institute for access to information and data protection of Mexico


THINK DATA (only in French)


Press release


Compilation of the 2012 Forms

Privacy Day





Compilation of the 2011 Forms


Compilation of the 2010 Forms