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Adobe PDF format Eleventh Annual of the Data Protection Commissioner 1999

Data protection law and practice are all about securing respect for the individual's right to private life. The right to private life has long been recognised in human rights charters such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, 1953. European data protection authorities are acutely conscious of the human rights origins of data protection, as can be seen from their comments in Appendix 5 on the recently mooted charter of fundamental rights in the European Union: “Inclusion of data protection among the fundamental rights of Europe would make such protection a legal requirement throughout the Union and reflect its increasing importance in the information society.”

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