Working parties at the Council of Europe

Consultative Committee under the Data Protection Convention

The Consultative Committee was instituted under Article 18 of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No. 108).

The Committee makes proposals with a view to facilitating or improving the application of the Convention and proposals for amendment of the Convention, and formulates its opinion on any proposal for amendment of the Convention which is referred to it.

It also expresses opinions on any questions concerning the application of the Convention.

Project Group on Data Protection

Until 2004, a second working party - the Project Group on Data Protection - functioned under the auspices of the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ).

Its main task was to compile reports on data protection in various areas, including biometric data and smart cards.

The Project Group was merged with the Consultative Committee under the terms of a decision adopted at the 877th meeting of the Committee of Ministers (24 March 2004).

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