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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 2021

28 January 2021

40th anniversary of Convention 108 &15th Data Protection Day

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Data Protection Day 2020

28 January 2020 Strasbourg

Stefano Rodotà Award Compilation of data protection initiatives 2020 Statement by the Council of Europe Data Protection Commissioner

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Data Protection Day 2019

28 January 2018 Strasbourg

On 28 January 2019, the 13th edition of Data Protection Day will be celebrated globally. It aims at raising awareness on the right to data protection. The Council of Europe, initiator of this important celebration, continues to play a leading role by encouraging and showcasing initiatives held on...

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Data Protection Day 2018

26/01/2018 Strasbourg

On 28 January the Council of Europe will celebrate the Data Protection Day, which marks the opening for signature in 1981 of the Council of Europe’s data protection convention, “Convention 108”. More than 50 countries around the world have already signed up to the convention, which sets out key...

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Data Protection Day 2015

28/01/2015 Strasbourg

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...

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Data Protection Day 2014

28/01/2014 Strasbourg

Disclosures by the former contractor of the USA’s National Security Agency (NSA) Edward Snowden regarding mass surveillance, interception and storage of huge quantities of personal data have shed a new light on what the threats to our privacy and data protection are. Do these practices amount to...

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Data Protection Day 2013

25/01/2013 Brussels

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...

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Data Protection Day 2012 - Safeguarding privacy: A global challenge requires a global response

28/01/2012 Strasbourg

On the eve of “Data Protection Day”, the Council of Europe is holding on 27 January a consultation with representatives of the private sector and civil society to discuss its latest proposals to modernise the Data Protection Convention. “Privacy has probably never been as fragile as it is today....

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Data Protection Day 2011

28/01/2011 Brussels

On 28 January 2011, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and its Member States have celebrated Data Protection Day for the fifth time. Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Ms Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, decided to seize...

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