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15 mars 2023
Privacy Symposium 2023 in Venice: Convention 108+ in the limelightStrasbourg 15 March 2023
Convention 108+ will feature high on the agenda of the Privacy Symposium 2023, from 17 to 21...
12 mars 2023
The protection of the personal data in the context of the fight trafficking in human beings and the care of victimsTunis 10 March 2023
On March 8, 2023, in Tunis, stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking, from state and...
6 mars 2023
Protect privacy and personal data and media – training of Tunisian journalistsTunis 6 March 2023
On 2, 3 and 4 March 2023 in Tunis, about 90 Tunisian journalists and professionals from various...
11 févr. 2023
Moldova signs Convention 108+Strasbourg 10 February 2023
On 9 February 2023, in presence of the Deputy Secretary General, Bjørn Berge, Ambassador Daniela...
2 févr. 2023
European law students learn Council of Europe Data Protection and Artificial Intelligence policiesBrussels 2 February 2023
The Council of Europe took an active part in the Winter School of the European Law Students...
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.
Convention 108 – 40 years of protection
On 28 January 2021 the Council of Europe has celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Convention 108, which was open for signature on 28 January 1981. For 40 years, 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.
Convention 108+ Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data
Know more on the modernised Convention 108
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.
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