Convention 108 + And the future data protection global standard
The Council of Europe and the Politecnico di Torino, with the kind sponsorship of Computer Law and Security Review, have organised an international conference on “Convention 108 + And the future data protection global standard” to be held in Strasbourg on November 19th, 2019.
This conference will bring together leading privacy scholars from Europe, the United States, Australia and Asia, with the aim to stimulate the debate on the role of Convention 108 in the current and future global scenario of data protection regulation.
This Convention opened for signature on 28 January 1981 and was the first legally binding international instrument in the field of data protection. Convention 108 established the regulatory framework that underpinned European national data protection laws and was also the point of departure for the EU legislation in this field (Directive 95/46/EC and GDPR). The modernised version of this convention (Convention 108+), opened to signature in 2019, is now regarded as a potential candidate to set a global standard in data protection regulation.
The recent progressive expansion of the Council of Europe’s model and the modernised version of the Convention have revitalised its role in the global context. In a multipolar world characterised by different regulatory approaches and by data protection laws that in many countries are still absent or in their early stages, Convention 108 could be seen as representing the embodiment of the Latin saying “in medio stat virtus”. Between the extremes of a weak safeguard of individual rights and a golden standard, Convention 108 provides a solution that is workable and good enough in many different contexts, even if it the golden standard is not reached yet.
Prof. Alessandro Mantelero (Politecnico-DIGEP), Council of Europe Scientific Expert on AI, chairs the Programming Committee of this conference whose programme is available here