Today is Data Protection Day, or Data Privacy Day if you are outside Europe.
It is a special day in the privacy industry calendar. It marks the Council of Europe’s Convention 108 and it being opened for signature on this day in 1981, and celebrates how far we as a global industry have come since – while reminding us how much work there is still to do.
Convention 108, or the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data for the purists, was the first binding international regulation that protected data subjects from the unjust collection or processing of their personal data. It was the precursor to all the data legislation we have today.
As we all know, that is rather a lot of legislation. Still not enough, but that is a topic for another time. But because there are so many regulations and legal instruments, there is a great deal of confusion and conflict between them all.
Hence the launch some months ago of our Data Privacy Periodic Table – Calligo’s open, pan-industry initiative to create a regularly updated and easily-understood catalogue of the key elements of data privacy.
Specially for Data Protection Day, we are today launching an updated version of the table, acknowledging some of the recent changes in legislation and addressing some input from the wider industry.
As anticipated when we first launched this project, the majority of updates are occurring in the Core Legislation and Future Developments section. These two areas will after all inherently experience the most change.