January 27, 2017 10:00 am
Whenever you open your internet banking application, join a social networking website or book a flight online, you hand over vital personal information such as your name, address, and credit card number to the owners of the site. But what happens to this data? Could it fall into the wrong hands? What rights do you have regarding your personal information? Tomorrow (28th January) we celebrate the Data Protection Day.
Individuals are generally unfamiliar with the risks related to the protection of their personal data and of their rights in this respect. They are rarely aware of what they can do if they consider that their rights have been breached, or of the role of national data protection agencies.
In 2006 the Council of Europe decided to launch a Data Protection Day to be celebrated each year on 28 January, the date on which the Council of Europe’s data protection convention, known as “Convention 108”, was opened to signature. Data Protection Day is now celebrated globally and is called Privacy Day outside Europe. What is the accurate translation in your language?
Have a look at the entry for this term in IATE – the term base for EU terminology:
Tomorrow, governments, parliaments, national data protection bodies and other actors will carry out activities to raise awareness about the rights to personal data protection and privacy. These may include campaigns targeting the general public, educational projects for teachers and students, open doors at data protection agencies and conferences.
The data protection convention, which is the only international treaty in this field, is being updated to ensure that its data protection principles are still in line with today’s needs.
Written by Ana Baudot – Journalist and Social Media manager.
Communication Trainee, DG TRAD – Terminology Coordination Unit
- Council of Europe – Data protection day. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/28-january-data-protection-day. [Accessed 23 January 2017].
- European Commission – Protection of personal data – European Commission. [ONLINE] Available at: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/. [Accessed 23 January 2017].
- European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) – Glossary. 2017. [ONLINE] Available at: https://secure.edps.europa.eu/EDPSWEB/edps/EDPS/Dataprotection/Glossary. [Accessed 25 January 2017].
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