The Data Protection Unit wishes you a Wonderful Year 2021!

Strasbourg 6 January 2021
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The Data Protection Unit wishes you a Wonderful Year 2021!

2021 will be rich, starting with the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Convention 108 on 28 January. That day also marks globally the 15th Edition of Data Protection Day, established by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in 2006.

On our agenda this year: the finalisation of the revision of the Recommendation on profiling, of the Guidelines on digital identity, the preparation of other Guidelines on the processing of personal data in the context of and for political campaigns, as well as the initiation of work on the interpretation of Article 11 of Convention 108+ (national security exceptions notably) and on mechanisms for the automatic and inter-state exchange of data for administrative and tax purposes.

As we hopefully get closer and closer to the entry into force of Convention 108+, we will continue to work on the setting-up of the new monitoring mechanism, which will enable the Committee of the Convention to assess compliance by candidates and Parties with the provisions of Convention 108+.

Our cooperation programmes will continue to enable us to work around the world, promoting and strengthening the right to data protection.

The 15th International Data Protection Day will also include a conference on "The challenges posed by transborder data flows in the light of Convention 108 and the DPMR" organised by the German Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, as well as a number of other events, details of which can be found on our dedicated page.

We hope that the passion and commitment that we instill in our daily actions will encourage you to continue supporting and contributing to our work. The right to data protection continues to gain importance as our lives continue to progress digitally. Keep following us throughout this exciting new year!