Global data protection laws: Where will they converge?

Stakeholders discuss the role of the Council of Europe, the EU and the OECD in creating a global data protection standard. Laura Linkomies reports from Tirana, Albania.

The DPAs’ 2019 international conference sought to find an answer to the hot topic of global convergence in privacy and data protection. First debated was the Council of Europe (CoE) Convention 108, which was first adopted in 1981 and was updated in 2018. Currently, Convention 108 has 54 signatory parties: all members of the Council of Europe, but also countries from Latin America and Africa. How is the modernised Council of Europe Convention 108+ different from other international frameworks? Its “human rights” flavour sets it aside from other instruments, but is this difference an asset or an obstacle? Does it have potential for global application?

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