Action day, 28th january: International Privacy Day

January 28th celebrates the anniversary of publishing the most important international law for privacy – the European Convention on Data Protection (No. 108).

Also this year, North America joins 27 European countries to celebrate Data Privacy Day. Beginning  today -January, 28th, the week-long event is punctuated by several efforts looking to raise the visibility of privacy issues at home and abroad.  The aim of the action is to raise the awareness of the privacy problems and bring up the solutions to them. Remember the last years problem in Serbia on Internet privacy when Republican telecommunication agency tried to implement the law of massive tracking and archiving electronic data of citizens? At the end, hopefully that law wasn’t brought up in the Government as Web activism and Net citizens raised their voices.

What you can do is to support International privacy protection day, request that your government sign on Council of Europe Convention 108 (if not already), and join the global enforcements of our privacy rights and protect the privacy of all Internet users.

The Public Voice suggested some actions:

1. Invite people to join the FB Group: “Add the note of the paragraph above ” and ask them to support the campaign

2. Blog about “January 28: International Privacy Day. Real Problems, Real Solutions” and celebrate the anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention on Data Protection.

3.Discuss a Real Privacy Problem (e.g. data retention) and a Real Privacy Solution (e.g. privacy enhancing techniques)

4. Invite more bloggers to write about January 28 and Real Privacy Problems and Real Privacy Solutions

5. Post the Facebook Event as an article in your Facebook profile.

6. Promote the ¨Privacy – January 28¨banner.

7. Post a Privacy Video.

8. Organize a campaign.

9. Watch a privacy movie with friends. Here are a few of our favorites -“Gattaca,” “Enemy of the State,” “The Lives of Others,” “Eagle Eye¨


  1. Actually, RATEL’s document is now in force, because it was modified and we got a data protection law. Here’s a link with the news on this.

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