Data Protection Day 2018
On January 28th the EU and the Council of Europe celebrated the European Data Protection Day. On the same day, back in 1981, the Convention 108 – Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data – was signed. It is for this very reason that the Council of Europe launched in 2016 a Data Protection Day to be celebrated each year on 28 January.
Data Protection Day is now celebrated across the globe and is called Privacy Day outside of Europe. In 2009, the United States Congress passed a resolution declaring January 28 as Data Privacy Day.
The Convention 108, is the first binding international instrument to protect an individual against abuses of the processing of their personal information. Moreover, it also imposes some restrictions on transborder flows of personal data to countries where legal regulation does not provide equivalent protection. At present the Convention has 51 ratifications.
The right to the protection of personal data, is a fundamental right laid down in Article 8 of the EU Charter of Fundamental rights and in article 16 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the EU. The right to the protection of personal data may be considered as one of the most important human rights of the modern age. In fact, topics such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine and Deep learning, Internet of Things, Ubiquitous Computing, Surveillance and Data Transfer are examples that demonstrate the need for a right like this. This right also preserves the dignity and self-determination of an individual.
On this date, governments, parliaments, national data protection bodies and other bodies perform activities to raise awareness about the right to personal data protection and privacy.
In the course of our activities at eu-LISA, we process personal data. Thus, one of our jobs is keeping data secure. It is immeasurably important for the Agency to be compliant with the provisions of Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 as well as other legal instruments in the area of the protection of personal data.
Latest News from
Sugar sector: Council agrees on the reimbursement of excess levies between 1999 and 200120/02/2018 15:25:00
On 19 February 2018 the Council decided on a recalculation of the sugar production levies for the years 1999/2000 & 2000/2001. The objective of the adopted regulation is to comply with a judgment of the ECJ from February 2017, which ruled that the production levies for the sugar sector between 1999 & 2001 had been wrongly calculated, resulting in sugar producers being over-charged.
Lumpy skin disease: vaccination leads to fall in outbreaks20/02/2018 13:05:00
Outbreaks of lumpy skin disease (LSD) in the Balkan region fell dramatically by 95% from 7,483 in 2016 to 385 in 2017. The figures confirm that vaccination of cattle – recommended by EFSA in 2016 – is the most effective way to contain the disease.
Change of EUIPO bank account19/02/2018 16:15:00
As from 17 February 2018, one of the two bank accounts used by EUIPO to which users may transfer fees, current account replenishments and charges will change.
Lessons learned from austerity make a change of policy mandatory19/02/2018 15:26:00
The EESC presents measures to avoid the severity of austerity in the future and to mitigate the negative effects of previous crisis management
Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed merger between Praxair and Linde19/02/2018 14:15:00
The EC has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed merger between Praxair and Linde under the EU Merger Regulation. The EC is concerned that the merger may reduce competition in the supply of several crucial gases, like oxygen & helium.