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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 2015

Strasbourg 28/01/2015
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Today, 28th of January, Europe and the Council of Europe celebrate their 9th edition of Data Protection Day.

Such event is destined to mark the anniversary of the opening for signature of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data – known as Convention 108 as well – which was, and still remains, the only legally binding international instrument in the data protection field.

As such, the Convention aims to secure respect of the individual’s right to privacy, with regard to automatic processing of personal data, carried out by both the private and the public sector. At the same time, it seeks to impose restrictions on the free flow of transborder data where equivalent legal protection is not provided. As a response to the consultation process carried out by the Council of Europe, a modernisation process of the Convention 108 started in 2011 and led to the finalisation of the work by the Ad-hoc Committee on Data Protection (CAHDATA) in December 2014.

For this 9th edition, the Data Protection Unit is once again contributing to the International Conference on Computer, Privacy and Data Protection in Brussels.