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EU Data Protection Day 2011


Joint high-level meeting on data protection: "Data protection (30 years later) - from European to international standards"

On 28 January 2011, the Commission, the Council of Europe and its member states celebrated the fifth Data Protection Day.

Data protection issues, including their cross-border dimension, are ever-present in individuals' lives:

  • at work;
  • in their relations with public authorities;
  • in the health field;
  • when buying goods or services;
  • when travelling or while surfing the internet.

Nevertheless, many individuals are unfamiliar with data protection issues and unaware of their rights in this respect. Moreover, data protection does not usually feature on the curricula of schools and universities.

To mark Data Protection Day 2011, events were organised not only in Europe, but all over the world to raise awareness about data protection and also inform citizens of their rights and good practices, thereby enabling them to exercise these rights more effectively.

This special day presents an opportunity for individuals to become more aware of personal data protection and what their rights and responsibilities are in this respect.

Speeches and presentations

Panel 1: New European Rules on Data Protection?

Panel 2: From European to International Standards on Data Protection

  • Ms Jennifer Stoddartpdf Choose translations of the previous link  [607 KB] français, Privacy Commissioner, Canada
  • Mr Mouhamadou Lopdf Choose translations of the previous link  [193 KB] English, Economic Community of West African States, Personal Data Commission of Senegal
  • Ms María Elena Pérez-Jaén Zermeño, Commissioner, Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection (IFAI) of Mexico (speechpdf [61 KB] ) Presentationpdf [7 MB]
  • Mr Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information

Joint press release with the Council of Europe Choose translations of the previous link 

Web streaming : part Impeg-4v(1188 MB), part IImpeg-4v(31 MB), part IIImpeg-4v(42 MB)

Activities of national data protection authorities: