Council of Europe Data Protection website
Strasbourg 9 April 2019
On 9 April 2019, the European Council adopted a decision authorising EU member States to “ratify,...
Geneva 1-5 April 2019
UNCTAD’s eCommerce Week is the leading forum for Ministers, senior government officials, CEOs and...
Brussels 28-29 March 2019
The 2019 Annual Conference on Data Protection organised by the Academy of European Law (ERA) is...
Strasbourg 28 March 2019
The increased use of digital technology has led to an outright “datafication” of our societies....
Strasbourg 22 March 2019
Today, Friday 22 March 2019, Ambassador Toma GALLI, Permanent Representative of Croatia to the...
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.
Committee of Convention 108:
- Consultation of the UNSR on the right to privacy
11-12 June 2019, Strasbourg
- Conference on Convention 108+
12 June 2019, Strasbourg
- 38th Plenary Meeting
13-14 June 2019, Strasbourg
- 48th Bureau Meeting
25-27 September 2019, Paris
- 39th Plenary Meeting
19-21 November 2019, Strasbourg
- 49th Bureau Meeting
11-13 December 2019, Strasbourg