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Tunis 10 March 2023
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The protection of the personal data in the context of the fight trafficking in human beings and the care of victims

On March 8, 2023, in Tunis, stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking, from state and non-state structures were trained and made aware of the victims’ personal data protection during their care.

The trainers explained the general regime for the protection of personal data, emphasizing the obligations incumbent on data controllers and the rights that must be guaranteed to victims.
The vulnerable situation of victims of trafficking, as well as the often-sensitive nature of the data collected, require additional protection mechanisms.
The trainers also presented the measures and tools for the protection of the personal data of victims of trafficking put in place by the INLTP such as codification and forms, identification, orientation, and informed consent of victims.
Those involved in the care of victims of trafficking mentioned their best practices in data protection, but also the difficulties they encounter when transferring this data, particularly when it comes to sensitive data such as health records.
Practical cases were presented to the participants, followed by an interesting debate during which each group presented its point of view on the practices to be adopted to protect the personal data of victims.
This seminar was organized with the collaboration of the National Authority for the Fight against Trafficking in Persons (INLTP), as part of the support for the National Authority for the Protection of Personal Data (INPDP), as part of the joint program of the Council of Europe and European Union “Support project for independent institutions in Tunisia” (PAII-T)

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

 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.