Data Protection Convention 108 Accession Eligibility: 80 Parties Now Possible
(2017) 148 Privacy Laws & Business International Report, 12-16
7 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2017
Date Written: August 31, 2017
The ‘globalisation’ of the Council of Europe’s data protection Convention 108 through accessions by non-European countries is an important question, because it is the world’s only legally binding treaty on data privacy, and for the foreseeable future it is the only international agreement which can have any feasible claim to be regarded as a global privacy convention.
There are now 121 countries with data privacy laws, as of mid-2017, and of these, fifty-one (over 40%) are members of Convention 108, and four more are ‘in the queue’ to accede. How many of the remaining 66 could put up a feasible case to accede to Convention 108, if they wished to?
This article attempts to answer this question, and thus assesses the current maximum potential for Convention 108 ‘globalisation’. The answer, is that a maximum of 25 more could have some prospects of putting up such a case, for reasons explained.
Keywords: Privacy, Council of Europe, Data Protection, Convention 108, Accession
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