Today, 27 mars 2023, in the presence of the Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Marie Fontanel, Permanent Representative of France to the Council of Europe, deposited the instruments of ratification of the Amending Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to the Processing of Personal Data (CETS 223).
Having ratified Convention 108 in 1983, France was among its first Parties ; it became today the 22nd state to ratify the modernised Convention 108, known as Convention 108+ (Modernisation de la Convention).
This move from the host country is another strong signal to the other States Parties currently in their ratification processes. It is important to recall that Convention 108+ is a unique and global tool of regulatory harmonisation and convergence re-instating the human being in her/his position of subject, and not a mere object, of algorithmic deduction, control or surveillance.
16 more ratifications are necessary for the entry into force of this unique and landmark instrument of world reference for the protection of privacy of individuals, creating the conditions necessary for a digital society based on trust and the human rights of all. Convention 108+ aims at facilitating data flows and respecting human dignity in the digital age.