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Right to Privacy and Data Protection

Offline and online, no child shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy, family, or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his or her honour and reputation. (UN-CRC Art. 16) For instance, the online publication of a picture without consent of the child depicted can be a violation of this right. The protection of the private sphere can, in the course of digitisation, only be achieved through adequate data protection on the internet and in social networks. It is necessary to guarantee that personal data, like name, address and phone number, are not collected or transferred to third parties without consent.

The child has a right to legal protection against any interference or violation of these rights. (UN-CRC Art.16)

Users need to be empowered for the execution of these rights and for self-protection, in order to be able to live a self-determined and confident life in the digital world.


  • 16.09.20

    ITU 2020 Guidelines on Child Online Protection

    Marlene Fasolt, Stiftung Digitale Chancen

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched its 2020 Guidelines on Child Online Protection (COP), a set of recommendations for stakeholders on how to contribute to the development of a safe and empowering online environment for children and young people.

  • Ansicht: Einladung zur Stellungnahme zu einer Allgemeinen Bemerkung zu den Rechten der Kinder in Bezug auf das digitale Umfeld

    Invitation to comment on a General Comment on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment

    As of Aug. 12 the Committee now invites all interested stakeholders to comment on its draft general comment. The deadline for submissions is 15 November 2020. No submissions received after this deadline will be considered or posted on the webpage of the Committee.

  • Ansicht: Kinderrechte - Kindersorgen

    Children's rights - Children's worries and concerns

    Jutta Croll, Stiftung Digitale Chancen

    Children's rights are not confined solely to the physical environment. They apply every bit as much in the digital world and form the basis of the core work of the project childrens-rights.digital at Stiftung Digitale Chancen. A major part of our mission is to explain how the rights of children are to be respected in everyday digital life.

  • Ansicht: Aufruf zur Beteiligung am Programm des IGF 2020

    Call for participation in the programme development for the IGF 2020

    Jutta Croll, Stiftung Digitale Chancen, Stiftung Digitale Chancen

    The United Nations Multistakeholder Advisory Group calls for active participation in the programme of the Internet Governance Forum 2020. The deadline for submissions is now extended til April 22nd 2020, at midnight (UTC)!

  • Ansicht: Wenn ich groß bin, werde ich ...

    When I grow up I want to be ...

    Stiftung Digitale Chancen

    On 13 February, Safer Internet Day 2020, stakeholders from more than 150 countries around the world will participate in the implementation of measures on its key topic "Together for a better internet". #checkwemdufolgst is the motto set by the initiative klicksafe.de as German coordinator for SID 2020. The main focus is the role of influencers in social media and how to deal with them consciously. What this has to do with children's rights is in the focus of this article.

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