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Data Protection Day 2023

 On 28 January, the protection of personal data and privacy is highlighted by the celebration of Data Protection Day. Set up at the initiative of the Council of Europe, this day marks the anniversary of the opening for signature, on 28 January 1981, of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data - Convention 108. It is celebrated all over the world, a sign of the international influence of the Convention, well beyond its original cradle, including in countries that have not - or not yet - acceded to it. 

On the occasion of the 17th Data Protection Day,

The new Chair of the Convention 108 Committee, Elsa Mein, sends a



Council of Europe Data Protection Commissioner Jean-Philippe Walter issues a statement



  Council of Europe will also announce the winners of the Stefano Rodotà Award 2023

Data Protection Day is also a day of many activities around the world. The Council of Europe is pleased to inform you about the actions carried out in a large number of countries and organisations, members or observers to the Convention 108 Committee, to celebrate this date. See here


Strasbourg 27 January 2023
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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

 Link to the document

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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