26.01.2024 - To mark International Data Protection Day, experts will be discussing the topic of ‘Data protection and vulnerability’ at the University of Lausanne on 26 January. In his presentation entitled ‘Digital transformation – Do we still have control over our data?’, Florian Harms, head of the Data Protection Division at the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner FDPIC, reflects on the interplay between the ability and willingness to control personal data in light of the authority's recent experiences.
26.01.2024 - Data Protection Day 2024: Digital transformation – Do we still have control over our data?
Data Protection Day 2024: Digital transformation – Do we still have control over our data?
The event is being organised and run by the Faculty of Law, Criminal Sciences and Public Administration at the University of Lausanne in collaboration with the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner, the University of Geneva’s IT Centre and ThinkServices.
With increasing digitalisation affecting almost all areas of human life and the constantly growing computational power of computers, there is a risk of losing control over our data. The revised Data Protection Act takes account of the associated need to protect privacy reliably and is also applicable to the use of AI, for example. Data controllers are obliged to inform those affected about data processing in an appropriate manner. However, the data subjects themselves also have tools at their disposal to ensure their personal protection. The FDPIC website offers a wide range of information and tools on how to create a data protection declaration or data protection impact assessment, how to report data protection violations or exercise the personal rights of data subjects.
On 28 January 1981, the Council of Europe Convention on Data Protection, ‘Convention 108’, was opened for signature. International Data Protection Day has been marked on 28 January throughout Europe and further afield since 2007. Its aim is to promote privacy, raise citizens' awareness about the right to informational self-determination and bring about a lasting change in behaviour when dealing with new technologies.
Last modification 26.01.2024