Council of Europe Data Protection website
22 Apr 2022 08:00:00Paris 22 April 2022
On 21 April, the Head of Data Protection Unit of the Council of Europe and Secretary to the...
28 Mar 2022 12:27:00Paris 28 March 2022
The Bureau of the Committee of Convention 108 held its 55th meeting on 23, 24 and 25 March 2022...
16 Mar 2022 14:18:00Strasbourg 16 March 2022
The EU General Data Protection Regulation requires that administrations, businesses and all...
09 Mar 2022 11:27:00Strasbourg 9 March 2022
Today, 9 March 2022, in the presence of the Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Bjørn Berge, Ambassador...
24 Feb 2022 22:53:00Online 24 February 2022
In continuation of the support provided by the Council of Europe to the Gambian authorities in...
40 years of Convention 108!
This year, 28 January 2021 is the 40th Anniversary of Convention 108, which was open for signature on 28 January 1981. For 40 years, Convention 108 has influenced and shaped the protection of privacy and of data protection in Europe and beyond. Its modernised version (known as Convention 108+) will continue to do so.
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.