Council of the European Union: EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline


See the full text: EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline (46 pages, pdf) Drawn up by the Working Party on Human Rights (COHOM) for the Political and Security Committee (PSC). Tony Bunyan Statewatch Director, comments: "Interesting principles set out for the rest of the world which it would be good to see in operation at "home" in the EU"

"The right to freedom of expression includes freedom to seek and receive information. It is a key component of democratic governance as the promotion of participatory decision-making processes is unattainable without adequate access to information."
[emphasis added]

"Every individual should have the right to ascertain in an intelligible form, whether, and if so what, personal data is held and stored about them and for what purposes." [emphasis added]

 

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