Happy Data Something Day
It's either Protection or Privacy

7 Data Protection or Privacy Day logo28 January 2020

It is mostly called Data Protection Day in Europe and Data Privacy Day elsewhere.  So does the UK have to change position after 31st January? Either way, it is a worthy day to remember each year.

Created by the Council of Europe in 2006, Data Protection Day is celebrated every year on 28 January, the date on which the Council of Europe’s Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data was opened for signature. Data Protection Day is now celebrated globally.

The Convention was the first binding international instrument "... which protects the individual against abuses which may accompany the collection and processing of personal data and which seeks to regulate at the same time the transfrontier flow of personal data.

In addition to providing guarantees in relation to the collection and processing of personal data, it outlaws the processing of "sensitive" data on a person's race, politics, health, religion, sexual life, criminal record, etc., in the absence of proper legal safeguards. The Convention also enshrines the individual's right to know that information is stored on him or her and, if necessary, to have it corrected.

Restriction on the rights laid down in the Convention are only possible when overriding interests (e.g. State security, defence, etc.) are at stake.

The Convention also imposes some restrictions on transborder flows of personal data to States where legal regulation does not provide equivalent protection."

So Data Something Day is in our diary.  Perhaps it should be in yours; maybe to remind you that you have only 9 weeks or 63 days left to submit your final Data Security & Protection Toolkit submission for 2019/2020.