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Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data

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Citation Edit

Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No. 108) (Jan. 28, 1981) (full-text).

Overview Edit

The purpose of this Convention is to secure in the territory of each Party for every individual, whatever his nationality or residence, respect for his rights and fundamental freedoms, and in particular his right to privacy, with regard to automatic processing of personal data relating to him (data protection).[1]

The Convention opened for signature on January 28, 1981, and was the first legally binding international instrument in the data protection field. Under the Convention, Parties are required to take the necessary steps in their domestic legislation to apply the principles it lays down in order to ensure respect in their territory for the fundamental human rights of all individuals with regard to processing of personal data.

References Edit

  1. Id., Art. 1.

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