Is a new Universal Data Protection Law possible?

November 2005


Earlier this month, Privacy Commissioners from forty countries met in Switzerland for the 27th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC). The Commissioners adopted a declaration in which they agreed to collaborate with governments and international organizations for the development of a universal convention for the protection of personal data. The various universal data protective principles the Commissioners agreed to promote are set out in the declaration and in its written declaration, the ICDPPC appealed to the United Nations to prepare a legal binding instrument identifying the rights of data protection and privacy as enforceable human rights. To review a copy of the two resolutions and declaration, see:

From a summary by Lenni Carreiro in E-Tips: E-Tips is a publication of Deeth Williams Wall and edited by Richard Potter QC. To review past issues of the E-TIPSĀ® newsletter, visit:

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