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Data Protection Day Brings Celebration, Call for International Treaty


January 28, 2011

Across the globe today, institutions and individuals are recognizing Data Privacy and Protection Day. Officials from the U.S. to Canada and the UK to Belgrade are recognizing the anniversary with special events and announcements. In Europe, the day falls on the thirtieth anniversary of the signing of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, the first comprehensive international document on data storage, use and sharing, Deutsche Welle reports. European Data Protection Supervisor and EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding hailed the occasion in video addresses, while in a speech earlier today, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland said, "30 years of experience with data protection allows us to make one clear conclusion: the only way to strike the balance between freedom of expression and the right to privacy in data collection is having an international, legally binding treaty."
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