Belarus works on improvement of data protection legislation

Minsk 19 September 2017
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Belarus works on improvement of data protection legislation

A one-day International seminar on "Improvement of legal regulation on data Protection of Belarus” was organised  within the framework of the Council of Europe / European Union Joint Project “Enhance the right to data protection”, implemented  under the CoE / EU Programme Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) on 19 September 2017 in Minsk.


The objective of the seminar was to present to and discuss with representatives of all national administrations concerned the expert analysis of a Concept paper for a draft law on data protection, in the Republic of Belarus. In presence of the Director of the National Centre of Legislation and Legal Research of the Republic of Belarus, Vadim Ipatov, and of its Deputy-Director, Vladimir Jevniak, the project of the future law was introduced. A particular emphasis was put on the current legal situation that led to the project of a new law and the need for Belarus legislation on data protection to be in line with international standards, among which the Council of Europe Convention 108 and the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Council of Europe experts, authors of an analysis on the concept, Ms Marie Georges and Mr Hansjürgen Garstka, answered a broad range of questions from the participants, thus clarifying important principles, concepts and terminology. Very interesting exchanges were held between them and participants, in particular on the organisation, operation and possible funding of a future data protection structure to be put in place.

The draft law will then be developed in the course of 2018.

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 lawHandbook on European data protection law

This Handbook is a comprehensive guide to European data protection law designed to familiarise people who are not specialised in the field of data protection with this area of law. It provides an overview of the Council of Europe’s and the European Union’s applicable legal frameworks and explains key jurisprudence of both the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

It is available in several languages: BGR - HRV - CZE - DNK - NLD - EST - FIN - GEO - DEU - GRC - HUN - ITA - ROK - LVA - LTU - POL - PRT - ROU - SVK - SVN - SPA - SWE - UKR.

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