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Handbook on European Data Protection Law: update in progress!

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Handbook on European Data Protection Law

Handbook on European Data Protection Law

A meeting devoted to the next Edition of the Handbook was held on 12 May in the Council of Europe, with a view to the publication of an updated version in May 2018. The Handbook is a detailed guide on European data protection law aimed at enabling legal professionals to get to grip with the basics of data protection. It provides an overview of the legal frameworks of the Council of Europe and of the European Union, with the key aspects of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and Court of Justice of the European Union. The recent developments in the field, i.e. the modernisation of Convention 108, the new legal framework at EU level and recent important decisions of both Courts, impose that a new version of the Handbook be issued.


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.

Beyond

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.

Convention 108+ Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data

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Handbook on European data protection law - 2018 edition


Handbook on European data protection law

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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Committee of Convention 108:
  • 37th Plenary
    20-22 November 2018, Strasbourg

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Convention 108+ the Global Data Protection Convention

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