Council of Europe Data Protection website
24 nov. 2023
At its 45th plenary meeting, the Committee of Convention 108 (T-PD) adopted the second module of...
21 nov. 2023Rabat 21 November 2023
Ms Elsa MEIN, Chair of the Committee of Convention 108 (‘T-PD’), took part in the 17th UniDem...
17 nov. 2023Strasbourg 17 November 2023
The 45th plenary meeting of the Committee of Convention 108 (T-PD) took place from 15 to 17...
16 nov. 2023Strasbourg 16 November 2023
On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the accession of the Republic of San Marino to the...
10 nov. 2023Port Louis 10 November 2023
On 9 November 2023, Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department of the Council...
Conference on Convention 108 + as the global privacy standard, building a free data transfer area while preserving human dignity
For 40 years, the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data - Convention 108 – has been the only international legally binding instrument on the protection of privacy and personal data. Its modernised version, Convention 108+, helps preserving human dignity while providing an enabling and secure framework to free flow of data. Read more and listen to the views of prominent personalities.
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.
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.