South Programme IV
In the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe joint programme “Regional Support to Reinforce Human rights, Rule of Law and Democracy in the Southern Mediterranean" (South Programme IV), the Council of Europe provides to the beneficiaries of the Southern Mediterranean region (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Palestine*) knowledge and tools to give public , players in the economy, civil society with a better command of the principles and techniques that are necessary to protect personal data.
About the project
The right to private life and to the protection of personal data are fundamental human rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. It fosters people’s personal autonomy and the respect of their dignity. In the context of an increasing digitalisation in all areas of society, constant technological developments and ever faster and important transborder circulation of personal data, it is crucial that personal data enjoy everywhere the same level of protection.
The Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of individuals with respect to automatic processing of personal data (more known as Convention 108) is the only multilateral legally binding instrument on the protection of privacy and personal data. Il counts 55 states parties in Europe, Africa and Latin America. It was modernised in 2018 to face emerging challenges due to technological developments.
- professionals from the Southern Mediterranean, as well as any person involved in the processing of personal data of the region have knowledge of the European and international rights on personal data protection.
- professionals from the Southern Mediterranean can apply the techniques related to personal data protection.
- All stakeholders in the region are aware of the needs of protecting personal data in specific activity sectors (health, youth…)
Regional conference: Personal Data Protection – An opportunity and an imperative for the South Mediterranean Region – Tunis, 14 December 2021. At every moments of people’s life, personal information is collected, used and processed. In order to protect the right to private life, but also people’s autonomy and human dignity, it is crucial that States ensure the strongest protection of personal data, at all time and to all activities.
The conference will address the challenges posed by data processing in the areas of health, cybercrime, digital identity and international data flows, through exchanges of experience and expertise and highlight how a strong protection of personal data is indispensable and constitute an opportunity for the countries of the south Mediterranean region. See more [link to dedicated page]
Arabic language version of the Handbook on European data protection law - 2018 edition. 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 European Union and the Council of Europe applicable standards. 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. Soon available
Arabic language version of the CNIL PIA software on Privacy Impact Assessment. This software helps carrying out and formalisation of privacy impact assessments (DPIA) such as required by the GDPR, for example. Soon available