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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.

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.

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Data Protection Day 2013

Brussels 25/01/2013
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As it has been the case for the past years, the Council of Europe has decided on the occasion of Data Protection Day to join forces with one of the key

European actors in the field of data protection, the annual international “Computer, Privacy and Data Protection Conference” (CPDP). This event is organised every year in Brussels prior to the Data protection day celebrations. The theme of the 6th Edition of that CPDP International is “Reloading Data Protection” and the event will be held on 23 - 25 January 2013.

The Council of Europe will be holding a specific session in the framework of this Conference, which will take place in morning of 25 January, on data protection developments in Latin America.

The panel will provide a first-hand and topical overview of the variety of options retained, as well as difficulties faced, in Latin America, considered lately as the fastest data protection normative region of the world. This panel, which will be chaired by the Council of Europe, Sophie Kwasny (Data Protection Unit) and moderated by Artemi Rallo Lombarte (Universidad Jaume I), will explore:

  • the evolution of the right to data protection and its impact on Latin America: new legislation and institutional developments, as well as reasons for the legislative lacuna in some countries;
  • the challenges faced in Latin America in the context of data protection : what are the main features of data protection in the region as well as the main obstacles to this right;
  • the role of the Ibero-American network of data protection in the development of data protection in Latin America and reference models in the emergence of national data protection legislations;
  • the influence of the European Union's framework as leitmotiv of the South American Development of the right to data protection;
  • the influence of Convention 108 of the Council of Europe on the current developments of data protection in Latin America.