The Member States of the Council of Europe and the European institutions and bodies will celebrate European Data Protection Day for the fifth time. This date marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe's Convention 108 on the protection of personal data, the first legally binding international instrument related to the field of data protection.
The event will give the EDPS and Data Protection Officers the opportunity to focus on raising awareness among EU staff of their rights and obligations regarding data protection - these rights and obligations are set out in the EU Data Protection Regulation , the implementation of which is supervised by the EDPS.
To mark the event, a one-day information stand will be set up on three consecutive days in the main EU institutions:
Visitors will be invited to participate to a quiz on data protection in the European administration. Within the correct answers, a prize draw will award 20 secure USB keys.
A video message of Peter Hustinx, EDPS, and Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant Supervisor, outlining the main priorities and developments in the field of data portection in 2011 has been circulated to EU staff members and made available on the Videos page of the website.
The EDPS will also participate to a serie of events, including the three-day annual Conference "Computers, Privacy & Data Protection" ("CPDP 2011") organised by academics from all over Europe, and a celebration event jointly organised by the European Commission and the Council of Europe in Brussels.