Today – on Data Protection Day – the Council of Europe and the European Commission join forces to promote the fundamental right to data protection.
The annual Data Protection Day aims to give people the chance to understand what personal data is collected and processed about them and why, and what their rights are with respect to this processing. Today we mark the 30th anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (“Convention n°108”).
”Confronted with the challenges raised by the rapid development of information technology, privacy rights matter more than ever. The Data Protection Convention has been a key tool ensuring this right for 30 years and must be adapted to ensure this for the next 30 years as well,” Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said, emphasising ”the need for a truly international framework that is human rights based, flexible, transparent and inclusive.”
Speech: Thorbjørn Jagland
File: Data Protection
File: European Commission Special file on Data Protection
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