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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Council of Europe Updates Convention 108


On May 18, following a process lasting seven years, the Council of Europe formally updated its Convention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (Convention 108) via an amending Protocol, and issued an explanatory report on the new provisions.  The changes were prompted by new information and communication technologies, as well as by the need to strengthen the implementation components of the Convention.  According to the Council, the modernized convention “provides a robust and flexible multilateral legal framework to facilitate the flow of data across borders while providing effective safeguards when personal data are being used. It constitutes a bridge between different regions of the world and different normative frameworks.”  Fifty-three countries have adopted the legally binding international treaty, which is open to any country in the world as a unique global standard.  On June 29, Mexico became the 53rd country to accede to Convention 108.  Other non-European parties to the Convention include Uruguay, Senegal, Mauritius, Tunisia and Cabo Verde.

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