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The Council of Europe is encouraging non-EU member states to ratify Convention 108—the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, MercoPress reports. Uruguay, which recently hosted an international privacy conference, has initiated the ratification process, possibly becoming the first non-Council of Europe member state to do so, the report states. Council of Europe’s Jörg Polakiewicz said, “The eventual accession of Uruguay will be a key step towards the global promotion of the convention and intergovernmental cooperation on personal data protection,” adding, “We are sure, hopefully, that Uruguay will be the first of many non-European countries to join the treaty.”
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