NGO Involvement in the Evaluation and Follow-Up Mechanisms for Data Protection Convention 108+ (Submission to the Consultative Committee of Data Protection Convention 108 by the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF), the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Privacy International (PI))
5 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2019 Last revised: 18 Dec 2019
Date Written: August 31, 2019
Three NGOs specialising in privacy issues, the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF), the Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC) from the US, and the UK-based Privacy International, have made a joint submission to the Consultative Committee of data protection Convention 108, concerning the proposed Evaluation and Follow-Up Mechanism for the new 'modernised' version of the Convention (usually called 'Convention 108+).
The submission give strong support to the comprehensive and valuable recommendations contained in the proposals, and suggests expanded NGO involvement in the proposed evaluation and follow-up mechanisms. In particular, the Submission proposes involvement of NGO nominees in Working Groups of the new Convention Committee, for the additional perspectives they can bring. Among fourteen s suggestions, others concern transparency of processes, the order of evaluation of Convention Parties, the evaluation criteria, and participation in Committee discussions of particular evaluations.
The Evaluation and Follow-Up Mechanism will be discussed at the Consultative Committee's next Plenary Meeting in Strasbourg in November 2019.
Keywords: data protection, privacy, Convention 108, Council of Europe, NGO
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