EU: Commission publishes declaration on digital rights and principles in EU
The European Commission published, on 26 January 2022, its proposed declaration on digital rights and principles for everyone in the EU ('the Draft Declaration'). In particular, the Commission stated that the Draft Declaration aims to give everyone a clear reference point about the kind of digital transformation Europe promotes and defends, as well as providing a guide for policy makers and companies when dealing with new technologies. In addition, the Commission highlighted that the rights and freedoms enshrined in the EU's legal framework, and the European values expressed by the principles, should be respected online as they are offline.
Furthermore, the Commission stated that the Draft Declaration covers key rights and principles for the digital transformation, such as:
- placing people and their rights at its centre;
- supporting solidarity and inclusion;
- ensuring the freedom of choice online;
- fostering participation in the digital public space, increasing safety, security, and empowerment of individuals; and
- promoting the sustainability of the digital future.
Lastly, the Commission stated that the European Parliament and the Council are invited to discuss the Draft Declaration and to endorse it at the highest level by summer 2022.