Tunisia, 30th country to sign Convention 108+

24 May 2019 Strasbourg

Today, 24 May 2019, M. Mohamed Ridha BEN MOSBAH, Ambassador of the Tunisian Republic in Brussels, signed the Protocol amending the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Processing of Personal Data in presence of the Deputy Secretary General Ms Gabriela Battaini-Dragoni....

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Two more countries sign Convention 108+ : a nice 1st anniversary

17 May 2019 Strasbourg

On 16 May, almost one year after its adoption by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs Poland and Slovenia have signed the Protocol amending the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Processing of Personal Data, during a...

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A high level study visit on the draft law on data protection of Belarus

14-15 May 2019 Strasbourg

A high level delegation has been invited to Strasbourg to discuss the draft law on data protection of the Republic of Belarus, on 14 and 15 May. After several years of preparation, the draft law is now before the Parliament for examination. The objective of the visit is to give three...

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European Conference of Data Protection Authorities

9-10 May 2019 Tbilisi

The Office of the Data Protection Inspector of Georgia, Ms Tamar Kaldani, is hosting the 29th Edition of the European Conference of Data Protection Authorities (“Spring Conference”). This annual meeting is an important occasion for the 30+ European data protection authorities (90 participants) to...

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Privacy Policy in The Gambia

6-10 May 2019 Banjul

In order to draft the national privacy and data protection policy in line with international standards, The Gambia has requested the Council of Europe’s support in the organisation of a workshop and the delivery of the draft national privacy and data protection policy. Carried out under the...

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Convention 108+ and the US

29 April – 3 May 2019 Washington

Very busy week for privacy and data protection in Washington D.C., with many events, conferences, discussions happening. And out of this myriad of events, one stands to be noticed : the one on Convention 108 +. Data protection Unit was co-organising with the Future of Privacy Forum and the German...

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Cabo Verde’s DPA celebrates its 4th anniversary !

23 April 2019 Praia

The CNDP (Commisso Nacional de protecçao de dados) is celebrating its 4th anniversary with the organisation of a conference on the theme « Personal data, social networks on line and democracy ». This conference, attended by over 100 participants from Cabo Verde, provided a unique opportunity to...

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EU member states to ratify Convention 108+

9 April 2019 Strasbourg

On 9 April 2019, the European Council adopted a decision authorising EU member States to “ratify, in the interest of the Union, the Protocol amending the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No 108) insofar as its...

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E-commerce and the right to data protection

1-5 April 2019 Geneva

UNCTAD’s eCommerce Week is the leading forum for Ministers, senior government officials, CEOs and other business representatives, international organisations, development banks, academics and civil society to discuss the development opportunities and challenges associated with the digital...

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Convention 108+ and the GDPR : a common DNA

28-29 March 2019 Brussels

The 2019 Annual Conference on Data Protection organised by the Academy of European Law (ERA) is being held in Brussels (28-29 March) and gathering 120 participants. This year’s edition started with a presentation by Sophie Kwasny, Head of the Data Protection Unit of the Council of Europe, of...

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Ensuring protection of health-related data

28 March 2019 Strasbourg

The increased use of digital technology has led to an outright “datafication” of our societies. Personal data are everywhere and constitute a valuable raw material for the creation of new knowledge and are of global importance for the growth of many countries. Health systems have followed the...

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With Croatia, 27 signatures for Convention 108+!

22 March 2019 Strasbourg

Today, Friday 22 March 2019, Ambassador Toma GALLI, Permanent Representative of Croatia to the Council of Europe, signed the Protocol amending the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Processing of Personal Data in presence of the Deputy Secretary General Ms Gabriela...

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47th meeting of the Bureau of the Committee of Convention 108

20-22 March 2019 Paris

For its first meeting of the year, the agenda is heavy and diverse, with the exploration of new topics such as facial recognition and data protection in educational systems, together with the continuation of the work on the evaluation and follow up mechanism under Convention 108+, the data...

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Italy is the 26th State to sign Convention 108 +

5 March 2019 Strasbourg

Today, Tuesday 5 March 2019, Ambassador Michele Giacomelli, Permanent Representative of Italy to the Council of Europe, signed the Protocol amending the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data in presence of the Deputy Secretary General Ms...

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Security and surveillance: UN push for Convention 108 +

1 March 2019 Geneva

Joseph A. Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, presented today his annual Report on the Right to Privacy to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. In his report, with regard in particular to security and surveillance, he recommends “to all UN Member States to adhere to...

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Argentina, 54th Party to Convention 108

28 February 2019 Strasbourg

Argentina becomes the 54th Party to the Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, also known as “Convention 108". It is also the 3rd Latin American country to accede to it. The instruments of accession to the Convention for the Protection...

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Data protection in the mobile world

25-27 February 2019 Barcelona

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) is being held on 25-27 February 2019 in Barcelona. MWC is the largest mobile event in the world, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 companies, with a highly-rated conference programme assembling today’s...

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AI and data protection also on the agenda of Helsinki conference on Artificial Intelligence

25 February 2019 Strasbourg

AI offers the promise of huge benefits for individuals and society. What is the inter-relation between AI and personal data and how to address the correlated challenges? A dedicated session will explore the necessary path of development of AI applications, why data protection matters, how it is...

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Participation in the meeting of the “Group of Copenhagen”

19 February 2019 Oslo

The “Network of National Platforms” (“Group of Copenhagen”) to act within the framework of co-operation activities for the promotion of the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions (“Macolin Convention”) is holding its 7th meeting in Oslo on 19-20 February 2019. The Group of...

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Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the manipulative capabilities of algorithmic processes

14 February 2019 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers adopted a declaration on the manipulative capabilities of algorithmic processes on 13 February 2019 in which they warn against the risk of using algorithmic processes to manipulate social and political behaviour. In the Declaration, ministers expressed their fear that...

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