23rd January 2019

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by: Admin

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Categories: News

Data Protection Day 2019

The 13th annual Data Protection Day is on 28th January 2019 – could this be an unlucky year for businesses who fail to comply with data protection legislation?

Digital security

The Background

Data Protection Day commenced in 2006, and was introduced by the Council of Europe. It celebrates the anniversary of the Council’s data protection convention, Convention 108, which is a treaty passed for the protection of individuals with regards to the automatic processing of personal data. This treaty was opened for signatures by member states on 28th January 1981.

Convention 108

The Convention was the first binding international instrument which introduced protection of the individual against abuses which may accompany the collection and processing of personal data.

In addition to providing guarantees in relation to the collection and processing of personal data, it prohibits the processing of ‘sensitive’ data, such as a person’s race, political opinions, health, religion, sexual life, criminal records as so forth, in the absence of proper legal safeguards. The Convention also enshrines into law the individual’s right to know that information is being processed regarding him or her and, if necessary, to have it corrected. The total number of ratifications / accessions to this treaty is now 53 members and non-members of the Council of Europe.

Data Protection Day

Data Protection Day is known internationally as ‘Data Privacy Day’ and is observed by many countries throughout the world, including the United States, Canada and India.

The objective of Data Protection Day is to inform and educate the public at large as to their day-to-day rights, but it may also provide data protection professionals with the opportunity of meeting with data subjects so as to raise their awareness of the issues. One of the main areas of focus for Data Protection Day 2019 is online security and the prevention of cyber crimes.

Despite legislation being in place, small and large organisations continue to fail to respect individuals’ rights with devastating consequences to data subjects, and to the organisations’ reputation and finances, such as the recently reported fine of £44,000,000 imposed on Google by the French regulator following its failure to provide users with transparent and understandable information on its data use policies. The 13th year of this globally recognised celebration may be unlucky for some organisations, if they are failing to comply with data protection legislation.