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The government encourages the development of the charter of Digital Rights

18 november 2020

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  • The objective of the charter of Digital Rights is to develop a framework for the production policy and public policies to ensure the protection of individual and collective rights to new situations and circumstances generated in the digital environment
The Government has promoted the development of a Digital bill of rights of spain, one of the fundamental commitments of the plan Digital Spain 2025. In the process they have received many contributions of civil society, as well as the work of a group of experts. The draft of the charter is now public consultation (Opens in new window) , open until 4 december.
The process of drawing up a charter of Digital Rights aims to acknowledge the challenges posed by the adaptation of existing rights to the virtual environment, and propose a framework to contribute to their protection in that context. To that end, the secretariat of Digitization status and IA, belonging to the ministry of economic and Digital Transformation, launched a comprehensive process of public consultation and has promoted the work of a group of experts consisting of eminent jurists, representatives of users and users of cyber or consultants, among other profiles, with the participation of the ministries of justice and the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Heritage, and the Spanish data protection agency.
The result of this work, the text high today for public consultation contains a set of principles and rights to guide future policy and development of public policies so as to ensure the protection of the individual and collective rights in the new digital scenarios. The draft was submitted for public consultation coinciding with the celebration of an event which involved some of the members of the group of experts and others active in the public debate on the digital rights.
Once the comments and contributions made in this process of public consultation will be the final text of the charter of Digital Rights, that will inspire future steps forward in the protection of society to face the new digital challenges, and the principles on which to build the safeguarding of fundamental rights in the digital scene.
Spain aim is to be placed at the forefront of the protection of the digital rights, both in the content of the charter and participatory preparation.

Why a Digital bill of rights

The development of the digital world has impacted decisively on the way it is active social, economic and cultural rights. The health emergency has become more evident that profound change, to the extent that much of these activities became preferably be digitally in a short space of time.
The main objectives of this Charter are precisely by proposing ways to ensure respect for shared values in the digital environment. In this regard, it is essential to deepen the safeguards necessary to meet with digital processing of all areas.
The development of this document contributes to the objectives already mentioned in title X of the organic law 3/2018, of 5 december on Personal data protection and guarantee of the digital rights, with which Spain became the first european country that ensured a series of digital rights related to the internet. These documents already proclaimed rights as important as the disconnect between employment and those related to data protection, protection of children or with the media and social networks.
With this proposal for a charter, Spain wants to continue in a position of lead internationally in the protection of the rights of citizenship and actively contribute to the various initiatives and debates are taking at european level and global levels.

Group of experts

The group of experts and experts is composed of:
  • Borja Adsuara, professor, counsel and consultant
  • Moses neighborhood, counsel of the council of state
  • Manuela Battaglini, CEO of Transparent Internet
  • Thomas of Quadra-Salcedo, professor of administrative law, Carlos III university
  • Susana de la Sierra, professor of Administrative Law, university of Castilla-La Stain
  • Celia Fernández Aller, profesora de Derecho Constitucional de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Enrique goñi, Hermes institute
  • Simona Levi, co-founder of Xnet
  • Dove Llaneza, CEO of Legal Reasoneth Tech
  • Ricard Martínez, director of the chair of privacy and Digital Processing of the Universitat de València
  • Miguel Pérez Subías, president of the association of Internet users
  • José Luis Piñar Administrative Law, professor, university CEU-San Paul
  • Algeria Queralt, professor of constitutional, Universitat de Barcelona
  • Javier Ruiz Díaz, policy director of Open Rights Group
  • Emilia Saiz, secretary-general of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG HAD) and participating in CC4DR (Cities Coalition for Digital Rights of United Nations)
  • Ofelia Tejerina, president of the association of Internet Users
  • Rodolfo Tesone, member of the Ilustre Colegio de la abogacía of Barcelona and president of ENATIC
  • Carissa Véliz, researcher of Ética and humanities at the university of Oxford.
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