Council of Europe Data Protection website
03 May 2021 16:58:00Strasbourg 4 May 2021
While it acknowledges the usefulness of means such as “vaccination passes” that are considered or...
29 Apr 2021 15:04:00Strasbourg 29 April 2021
In a Declaration adopted on 28 April, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe urges...
08 Apr 2021 15:53:00Strasbourg 8 April 2021
The 6th webinar of the African Network of Data Protection Authorities (ANPDA) took place on 7...
29 Mar 2021 09:05:00Strasbourg 29 March 2021
Once again, the 52nd meeting of the Bureau of the Committee of Convention 108 was held on line,...
17 Mar 2021 12:09:00Online 16 March 2021
Convention 108+ and related Council of Europe data protection work are presented as one element...
40 years of Convention 108!
This year, 28 January 2021 is the 40th Anniversary of Convention 108, which was open for signature on 28 January 1981. For 40 years, Convention 108 has influenced and shaped the protection of privacy and of data protection in Europe and beyond. Its modernised version (known as Convention 108+) will continue to do so.
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.