Press release - DC113(2011)

Council of Europe points to the Data Protection Convention as global standard

Strasbourg, 27.10.2011 – At the 33rd international conference of data protection and privacy commissioners, Mexico City, 2-3 November 2011, the Council of Europe will be pushing for global recognition of its Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS n° 108) as the only practicable and ready-made option for global privacy standards.

“Everyone has a right to privacy. Everyone has the right to control the collection, use and disclosure of information about him or her. This right is the foundation of other freedoms and liberties that define open societies, in particular freedom of expression,” said Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

The pace of change is so rapid that appropriate legal responses in the area of data protection pose a huge challenge, where the development of modern communication technologies and the Internet make global action imperative. The Council of Europe sees the open approach that it pursues as key to addressing the problem at the global level.

“The cyberspace opens limitless opportunities, but it should never be at the expense of human dignity, or at the expense of human rights. We believe that these values are not just European values, they are universal and should be safeguarded globally: the Data Protection Convention is an important instrument to do so“ explained the Deputy Secretary General.

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