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Young Europeans between the ages of 15 and 19 years are invited to enter the Data Protection Day competition ( and to create digital artwork highlighting the following theme "Privacy is a human right, handle with care." For the second consecutive year European Schoolnet and Microsoft are building on their partnership to celebrate Data Protection Day on 28 January, joined notably by Coface, VUB and the Council of Europe.

From 1 December 2009, you will be able to check out and rate the entries in the project gallery. A panel of experts will then select the finalists from amongst the most popular projects.

One representative of each nominated team in the final round will be invited for a three-day trip to Brussels, all expenses paid, to take part in the Data Protection Day award ceremony on 28 January 2009. At this event the names of the winners will be disclosed and the winning entries will be featured. The winners will be awarded cash prizes for their school or youth club, and will have the opportunity to participate in a film-making workshop.

To be eligible for the Data Protection Day competition, entries must be submitted by individuals or small groups from EU member states and EEA countries. Entries can be submitted from the 15 October until the 5 January 2010 via the website

Learn more about data protection by consulting the teacher, student and parent toolkits on the website at

For further information, please contact:

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Further information

a) About Data Protection Day

Data Protection Day is celebrated on 28 January and aims to make European citizens more aware of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to personal data protection and privacy.

b) About European Schoolnet

European Schoolnet is a unique not-for-profit consortium of 31 ministries of education in Europe created in 1997. It provides major European education portals for teaching, learning and collaboration and leads the way in bringing about change in schooling through the use of new technology (see or

c) About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

d) About Coface

COFACE is an organisation at the heart of civil society, which aims at promoting family policy, solidarity between generations and the interests of children within the European Union.

e) About VUB/LSTS

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) interdisciplinary Research Group on Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS), is devoted to analytical, theoretical and prospective research into the relationships between law, science, technology and society.

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