17 April 2019

Africa: UN Human Rights Expert Starts 'Privacy and Children' Consultation

Geneva — Cannataci has initiated a two-year programme, including online and public consultations, to create a set of recommendations aimed at improving the safeguards and remedies for children's privacy worldwide with particular emphasis on protection and appropriate behaviour on the Internet. The recommendations will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in 2021.

He welcomed recent developments in the UK, including last week's White Paper on Online Harms and the start of a consultation process to establish a new code for 'Age Appropriate Design' by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office. "These are very important exercises which should help give a much-needed public airing to the issues involved," Cannataci said.

"I have put the Age Appropriate Design Code as one of the items on the agenda of the upcoming meeting in September of my mandate's Task Force on the use of personal data by corporations. I want to hear first-hand from corporations like Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Twitter etc. whether the recommendations being made could and should be transformed into reality worldwide and if so how and when."

The UN Special Rapporteur encouraged all stakeholders to contribute to the ongoing consultation exercises in the UK, saying their participation could influence the way that new safeguards and remedies for children's privacy are introduced worldwide.

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