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Title: Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on protecting the dignity, security and privacy of children on the Internet
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Publisher: Council of Europe
Files: Decl-20.02.2008_1E.doc
Abstract: This declaration, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 20 February 2008 at the 1018th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies, notes that the Internet is an important tool for children’s everyday activities, such as communication, information, knowledge, education and entertainment, but also expresses concern about the enduring presence of online content created by children which can be damaging to their dignity, security and privacy now or in the future as adults. In particular, for example, the traceability of children’s online activities may expose them to criminal activities, such as the solicitation for sexual purposes, or otherwise illegal or harmful activities, such as discrimination, bullying or stalking. Other risks are implicit in the profiling of information and the retention of personal data regarding children’s online activities for commercial purposes, and the emerging tendency for educational establishments and prospective employers to seek information online about young people when deciding on important issues concerning their lives. The document therefore declares that, "other than in the context of law enforcement, there should be no lasting or permanently accessible record of the content created by children on the Internet which challenges their dignity, security and privacy or otherwise renders them vulnerable now or at a later stage in their lives". The declaration invites member states to work with other stakeholders to explore the feasibility of removing or deleting such content, including its traces (logs, records and processing), within a reasonably short period of time.
Publication/ adoption date: 2008-02-20
Language: English