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Data Protection Day 2009 - Data Protection Commissioner announces Online Video Clip Competition in conjunction with Google & New Data Protection Audit Resource

28th January 2009

On the occasion of the 3rd Council of Europe Data Protection Day, Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes today launched two new initiatives aimed at increasing awareness of data protection rights and obligations amongst the public and those holding personal data.

The Commissioner is publishing a new data protection audit resource for organisations. It is hoped that the new resource will provide organisations holding personal data with a simple and clear basis to conduct a self-assessment of their compliance with their obligations under the Data Protection Acts. The Commissioner noted that "over the past year we have had a large number of very high profile losses of personal data and other incidents affecting all sectors of society. There is clear room for improvement. The data protection audit resource will help organisations to easily identify areas where improvement in their data protection practices are required."

The second initiative is a new video clip competition with a €10,000 prize fund. This is a joint collaboration with Google. Entrants are asked to submit video clips on the theme of 'Private I, Public Eye'. This is the second year of the video clip competition. Commissioner Hawkes said "My office is delighted to organise this competition in conjunction with Google. Based on the extremely high standard of entries received for last year's competition, I am confident that this year the competition will be even more successful in reaching out to people who may not be fully aware of their data protection rights. I am particularly delighted to work closely with Google as a key provider of public access to information, including personal information and also appreciate Google's commitment in providing the prize fund for this competition."

Google, when announcing the competition said "We are delighted to work with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner to help promote awareness of privacy and data protection. YouTube is a fantastic channel through which to promote such issues among younger people in particular and this competition provides a great opportunity for amateur film makers to profile their work to a global audience".

The competition is being hosted on YouTube and the aim is to use the winning clips in schools to promote awareness of how people can take more control of their own information.

Note to Editors:

The Council of Europe has decided that each year there should be a special day dedicated to Data Protection. The 28 January is the anniversary of the opening for signature of the Council of Europe's Data Protection Convention. This is the third year that countries across Europe have marked the day by increasing awareness of data protection and privacy rights.More information on Council of Europe Data Protection Day can be found at: http://www.coe.int

For further information contact:

Office of the Data Protection Commissioner : Lisa McGann, Tel: 057 8684800

Google : Laurie Mannix, Tel: 01 7038620