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Handbook on European Data Protection Law

Handbook on European Data Protection Law

The Council of Europe and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) have launched - on Data Protection Day - a practical guide to European data protection law.

The handbook is the first comprehensive guide to Council of Europe and European Union law on data protection, taking into account the case law from the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union. It explains how data protection is regulated under EU law as well as the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, and other Council of Europe instruments.

The handbook is aimed at non-specialist, legal professionals, judges, national data protection authorities and anyone else that may be confronted with legal questions in the area of data protection. It covers issues such as data protection terminology; key principles and the rules of data protection law; data subjects’ rights and their enforcement; transborder data flow; and data protection in the context of police and criminal justice.

The guide will be launched in English with versions in Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian and Spanish to follow later this year.

The handbook was composed by members of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights.

Author: Dr. Waltraut Kotschy (Member of the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party of the European Commission)
Project collaborator: Mag. Christian Eder
Project director: ao. Univ.Prof. Dr. Hannes Tretter (Co-Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights)
Peer reviewers: Prof. Nikolaus Forgó (Leibniz University Hannover), Christopher Kuner (Senior Of Counsel of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati), Jean-Philippe Walter (Président du Comité consultatif de la Convention 108 bei Conseil de l'Europe, Préposé fédéral suppléant bei Préposé fédéral à la protection des données et à la transparence (PFPDT))

More Information: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights