DATA PROTECTION DAY - 28 JANUARY - An initiative of the Council of Europe with the support of the European Commission. "A 2003 Eurobarometer survey on the protection of privacy in the European Union showed that 70% of European citizens feel they know little about what is done in their country to protect their personal data. However, data protection issues are central in citizens’ lives: at work, in their relations with public authorities, in the health field, when they travel or surf the internet. The right to data protection is also the prerequisite for the exercise of other fundamental rights, such as the right to freedom of speech or conscience. Therefore, in 2007, for the first time, the Council of Europe celebrated the Data Protection Day on 28 January. This was the occasion for European citizens to become more aware of personal data protection and of what their rights and responsibilities are in that regard. . . . "