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Published: 24 January 2020
‘It is interesting that Data Protection Day was established by the Council of Europe, which is a human rights organisation. It recognised the importance of personal data and that a change in perspective is necessary so that our human rights are viewed both ethically and legally.’ ‘Our aim is to ensure there is a cultural shift in society in terms of attitudes to people’s data and this comes from individuals, business and government. The law is a starting point and not an end point and the protection of personal data should be embedded and demanded in all areas of life,’ Mrs Martins added.Data Protection Day, which is held on 28 January each year, commemorates the signing of 'Convention 108' (or to give it its other title: The Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automated Processing of Personal Data) by the Council of Europe in 1981 which was the first, legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. 14 years ago, the Council, launched the day to help raise awareness of the issues and our rights regarding our data.