Council of Europe Data Protection website
21 Sep 2020 22:08:00Strasbourg 21 September 2020
The Council of Europe is pleased to announce the eighth ratification of the amending Protocol to...
16 Sep 2020 17:13:00Strasbourg 17 September 2020
Yesterday, in the presence of the Deputy Secretary General, Ms Gabriella BATTAINI-DRAGONI,...
06 Sep 2020 23:11:00Strasbourg 7 September 2020
On 16 July 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union, with a decision in the case known as...
04 Sep 2020 17:12:00Strasbourg 4 September 2020
Today, in the presence of Mr Jörg POLAKIEWICZ, Council of Europe Jurisconsult, the ambassador of...
01 Sep 2020 18:07:00world wide event 1 September 2020
The International Committee of the Red Cross (the ICRC) is launching today the second Edition of...
Protecting private life
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".
Thirty 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.
The Council of Europe has released this hard-hitting short film to highlight the dangers posed by those who wish to illegally obtain private data.
The film shows a data intruder running through a building and downloading one victim's personal data at home, another's medical records during an examination by a doctor and a third victim's bank details during a transaction at his bank. It ends with a reminder that the Council of Europe has a convention on data protection.
Handbook on European data protection law - 2018 edition
The rapid development of information technology has exacerbated the need for robust personal data protection, the right to which is safeguarded by both European Union (EU) and Council of Europe (CoE) instruments. Safeguarding this important right entails new and significant challenges as technological advances expand the frontiers of areas such as surveillance, communication interception and data storage. This handbook is designed to familiarise legal practitioners not specialised in data protection with this emerging area of the law. It provides an overview of the EU’s and the CoE’s applicable legal frameworks. It also explains key case law, summarising major rulings of both the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. In addition, it presents hypothetical scenarios that serve as practical illustrations of the diverse issues encountered in this ever-evolving field.