Council of Europe Data Protection website
12 Jan 2021 10:31:00Strasbourg 11 January 2021
Consumer and electoral voter data are increasingly being used for ‘data driven’ decision making...
07 Jan 2021 12:32:00Strasbourg 6 January 2021
2021 will be rich, starting with the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Convention 108 on 28...
10 Dec 2020 16:14:00Strasbourg 10 December 2020
The Permanent Representation of Finland has transmitted today to the Secretary General Mrs....
08 Dec 2020 19:03:00Strasbourg 7 December 2020
Today, 7 December, Mrs Katrin Eggenberger, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Justice and Cultural...
27 Nov 2020 13:09:00Strasbourg 27 November 2020
Over 30 lawyers and trainee lawyers from Poland met online on 26 November 2020 for a seminar on...
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.