On International Privacy Day, A Call for Evidence-Based Policy

26 January 2012 — Saturday, January 28, is International Privacy Day, celebrating the day that the first international convention on privacy was signed in 1981. The Council of Europe and the European Commission initiated this commemoration in 2007, and a wide variety of activities are being held in cities around the world to underscore the importance of privacy protections.

On 25 January the EU published its new rules governing the use of personal data protection.

Additionally, the the International Conference on Computer, Privacy and Data Protection is hosting discussions around how to ensure laws governing personal data can work in the light of globalisation, outsourcing and developments such as cloud computing and behavioural advertising.

Research by RAND Europe illustrates the complexities of maintaining privacy protections whilst supporting the legitimate use of personal data for economic and social purposes.

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