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Legal guide on how to apply new data protection rules

Council of Europe Strsbourg 25 May 2018
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The European Union and the Council of Europe have reviewed their legal frameworks for the protection of personal data to keep pace with changes in this fast-moving area. Building on the popular practical handbook on European data protection law, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the Council of Europe and the European Data Protection Supervisor have just published an update as the EU’s new data protection rules take effect and the modernised text of the Council of Europe’s Convention 108 has just been adopted.

The handbook on European data protection law is a comprehensive guide to European law in this area. This new version contains recent examples of relevant case law with hypothetical scenarios that serve as practical illustrations of the diverse issues encountered in this ever-evolving field.

This handbook is designed to assist legal practitioners who are not specialists in data protection law to introduce them to the key issues. It is aimed at lawyers, judges, prosecutors as well as non-governmental organisations and other practitioners who may be confronted with legal questions related to data protection. The handbook will also serve as a practical tool for specialists, including data protection authorities (DPAs).

It seeks to raise awareness and improve knowledge of relevant standards set by the European Union and the Council of Europe, particularly through case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. Where relevant, it also refers to other Council of Europe instruments and the international UN perspective related to data protection.


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