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Title: Declaration CM(2005)56 final of the Committee of Ministers on human rights and the rule of law in the Information Society
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Publisher: Council of Europe
Files: Declaration CM(2005)56 final.doc
Abstract: In this declaration, passed in 2005, the Council of Europe member states acknowledge that information and communication technologies (ICTs) are having a profound impact, both positive and negative, on many aspects of human rights and the democratic process, and they acknowledge that ICTs can bring about changes to the social, technological and legal environment in which the current human rights instruments were originally developed. Therefore, the member states conclude that, "to better respond to the new challenges of protecting human rights in a rapidly evolving Information Society, [they] need to review and [..] adjust the application of human rights instruments". They undertake to adopt policies developing the Information Society which are compliant with the ECHR and the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, and declare that any measures they might adopt to curtail the exercise of human rights in the Information Society in the context of law enforcement or the fight against terrorism shall be defined precisely and proportionally, be subject to supervision by an independent authority or judicial review, and reassessed on a regular basis. Moreover, they declare they will seek to abide by an extensive set of principles and guidelines regarding respect for human rights and the rule of law in the Information Society that are included in the declaration, concerning i.a. the right to freedom of expression, information and communication; the right to respect for private life and correspondence; the importance of encouraging access to the new information technologies and their use by all without discrimination; and the protection of intellectual property. In addition, they address a second section of considerations about a multi-stakeholder governance approach for building the Information Society to civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders, setting out what the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders could be.
Publication/ adoption date: 2005-05-13
Language: English