KOK e.V.- German NGO network against trafficking in human beings  - launched from November 2012 to January 2015 together with La Strada International – European NGO Network against Trafficking in Human Beings, the project "datACT - data protection in anti-trafficking action". The aim of datACT was to promote the rights of trafficked persons to privacy and autonomy and to protect their personal data.

datACT raised awareness and built capacity among NGO counseling centers in selected European countries to protect the confidentiality between the counselor and trafficked persons and to assist them in providing safe and anonymized data to European data collection procedures. Further, it seeked to inform trafficked persons about control procedures to secure their personal data.

The project created alliances for data protection among the relevant stakeholders, including NGO counseling centers, National Rapporteur Mechanisms or equivalent structures, IGOs and national data protection authorities.


International datACT conference

The European conference "Data protection and right to privacy for marginalised groups: a new challenge in anti-trafficking policies" focused on data protection as a new challenge in anti-trafficking policies in the digital age. Participants from 15 countries exchanged experiences on relevant topics, including data collection procedures and victim’s protection, European data protection developments and the rights of marginalised populations, counseling centres and National Rapporteur mechanisms, and the right to privacy for trafficked persons.

Below, you find a selection of the presentations held at the conference. As simultaneous translation was offered during the conference, the presentations are only available in either German or English.


Wednesday 25.9.2013


Ulrike Hiller, State Secretary, Bremen
Bärbel Heide Uhl: Introducing datACT

Panel discussion: Data protection, human rights and anti-trafficking politics: a new challenge in the digital age?

Gulnara Shahinian, UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery: Data Protection and right to privacy of marginalized groups
Thilo Weichert, data protection commissioner Schleswig-Holstein, Germany:  Datenschutz, Menschenrechte und die Politik zur Bekämpfung des Menschenhandels: eine Herausforderung im digitalen Zeitalter
Marjan Wijers, independent human rights and anti-trafficking specialist, The Netherlands: Where do all the data go? European data protection law and the protection of personal data of trafficked persons

Moderator: Ulrike Gatzke, Member of the European Commission’s Group of Experts on Trafficking in Human Beings


Thursday 26.9.2013


Claudia Aradau, King’s College London, Department of War Studies: "Acting on the future: human trafficking and preventive logics"

Panel I: European data protection developments and the rights of marginalised populations

Julia Planitzer, Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights: Art. 11 Council of Europe Convention ‘Protection of Private Life
Maria Giovanna Manieri, PICUM: EUROSUR, surveillance technologies and migrants rights

Moderator: Susanne Schatral, University of Bremen

Panel II: Between access to support and ‘dataveillance’: data collection, identification of trafficked persons and the right to privacy

Jan van Dijk, Tilburg University, Member of GRETA: Towards common standards in statistics on human trafficking in the EU
Bas de Visser, CoMensha: Data collection and the obligation to confidentiality for NGO counselors
Lucie Otáhalová, La Strada Czech Republic: Challenges in data protection for counseling centres
Naile Taniş, KOK: Data collection in Germany from a civil society perspective
Maya Indira Ganesh, Tactical Technology Collective: Monitoring the abuse of power through social media

Moderator: Suzanne Hoff, La Strada International


Friday 27.9.2013

Panel III: National Rapporteur or Equivalent Mechanisms (NREM): good practices in data protection

Corinne Dettmeijer-Vermeulen, Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings: The Dutch Rapporteur Mechanism
Rita Penedo, Observatory Portugal: Towards a Pan-European monitoring system of trafficking in human beings
Nadia Kozhouharova, Animus/La Strada Bulgaria: Role of civil society in data collection in Bulgaria
Birgit Schweikert, Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth: State of art of a German Rapporteur mechanism

Moderator: Jacqueline Berman, Mathematica Policy Research

Panel IV: Right to privacy for marginalised groups? Strategies and challenges

Marieke van Doorninck, La Strada International: Civil society and critical anti-trafficking discourses in Europe
Alexander Dix, Berlin data protection commissioner: Adjusting Privacy by Design and Privacy Impact Assessment for anti-trafficking measures
padeluun, Digital Courage: Alliances for data protection
Werner Hülsmann, FIfF e.V.: Civil society alliances for strengthening data protection in Europe

Moderator: Klára Skřivánková, Anti-Slavery International

Study: Data Protection Challenges in Anti-Trafficking Policies - A Practical Guide

The European NGO initiative datACT – data protection in anti-trafficking action published the practical guide "Data Protection Challenges in Anti-Trafficking Policies".

The publication offers an overview of the relevant European data protection provisions, a methodology to conduct privacy impact assessments for anti-trafficking NGO service providers, an analysis for the privacy rights claims for trafficked persons, and data protection standards for NGO service providers. Moreover, the study contains an elaboration of legal arguments that lead in 2013 to the failure of mandatory registration of sex workers in the Netherlands.

Study as PDF >

Printed copies in German and English could be ordered at info(at)kok-buero.de (nominal charge 3€).

Data protection standards for NGO service providers

The purpose of the draft standards is to provide guidance to anti-trafficking NGOs, including counselling centres to protect privacy rights of trafficked persons.

It aims at setting a framework of action to evaluate, monitor and initiate data protection impacts in the daily counselling work as well as to assist establishing a long-term data protection strategy in anti-trafficking action by NGOs. The draft standards are a ‘living document’ and open for feedback by practitioners.


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Declaration of consent for the publication and transfer of personal data and information

The KOK e.V. has designed, in the context of the project datACT-data protection in anti-trafficking action- together with data protectionists of the “Forum Informatiker*innen für Frieden und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung” (FIfF - Forum for Computer Scientists for Peace and Social Responsibility), a declaration of consent for data collection and data use for persons affected by trafficking. It informs those affected about their rights to privacy and the protection of their data. The consent form should serve as a template for the counselling work in practice and support the counselling process.

Upon request of member organizations of the KOK the declaration was translated into easy language and is available for download as a PDF version.

Here you will find the declaration of consent to the publication and disclosure of personal data and information in English.

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E-Mail: info@kok-buero.de