Third European Data Protection Day


Third European Data Protection Day

The Member States of the Council of Europe, as well as the European institutions and bodies celebrated Data Protection Day for the third time.

To mark the event, just as the two previous years, the EDPS held an information stand on three consecutive days in the European Commission (26 January), the Council (27 January) and the European Parliament (28 January).

The event gave the EDPS and Data Protection Officers the opportunity to focus on raising awareness among the EU staff about their rights and obligations regarding data protection. A number of communication tools, multimedia material and information brochures have been made available as a support.

A quiz on both the EDPS and Data Protection Officers' respective roles was also made available on the spot. A random draw determined the winners of USB keys.

Practical information:

  • European Commission: Monday 26 January ; 11.30 - 16.00 Berlaymont Building , main entrance hall
  • Council: 27 January ; 11.30 - 16.00
    Justus Lipsius Building, Atrium
  • European Parliament: 28 January 2008 ; 11.30 - 16.00
    ASP Building , main street

The EDPS quiz designed for the Data Protection Day 2009 is now available. The right answers are:
1.a)     2.b)    3.b)    4.c)    5.c)    6.c)

EDPS participation to European Schoolnet Data Protection Competition

To celebrate Data Protection Day on 28 January 2009,  European Schoolnet has launched a video competition, targeting young people from 15 to 19 years old, to encourage reflection on privacy and data protection. Participants were invited to express their thoughts and concerns about the use of their personal information in a 30-90 second video on the theme “Surf the internet – think Privacy” and to upload it before the 20 January 2009. Representatives from winning teams were invited in Brussels to attend the Data Protection Ceremony on 28 January 2009 at the European Parliament.

The European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx, took part to this event by serving as a member of the jury and providing his conclusions and closing remarks in connection with the panel discussion at the event.

The Data Protection Competition was organised by European Schoolnet ( with the support of Microsoft.

Event programme

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Data Protection Day 2009 Poster
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