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Web review - 12/12/2014

Personal data : the urgency for a shared ethic

In September, with its DDHN, the Forum d’Avignon claimed the urgency to define an ethical framework for personal data, so that they would not be reduced to a commodity like any other. The participants of the event organized by the CNDP (Marroquin authority for data protection) during the second edition of the global forum on Human Rights from 27th to 30th of November 2014 took it in account in their common declaration. 

During the European Data Governance Forum (EDGF), organized by the G29 and the CNIL (French data protection authority), under the patronage of the UNESCO, the G29, who gathers the European data protection authorities, also took action with a common declaration on the importance of protection personal data at the digital era. There is a great ambition, nourished by utopias (‘the European level of data protection cannot be eroded (…) by bilateral or international agreements ») and a positive vision of a society helped rather than driven by data, reaffirming the humanist common values of Europe. The G29 wishes that the new rules of data protection of the Union, to be settle in the European directive to come, impose as “international imperative principles in international public and private right”.

Even if particularly focused on data protection, the G29 reminds that ethics can be a factor of growth and competitiveness for businesses. Aware of the civilizational and cultural issues at stake here, the declaration confirms a great vigilance so that personal data – as culture – would not be integrated in the free trade agreements negotiated between the European Union and the United States.

“In 2015 and 2016, the law (on digital) will solemnly reiterate  the right to privacy and personal data protection, and the control of the surveillance services acts”, the French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, reminded, in its opening speech for the European  data governance forum, insisting on the economic advantage confidence represents. “Europe must consider personal data protection as a competitive and attractive argument. The user must make his own choices on his own data with full background knowledge. There is a great economic potential at stake here.”

Country of the Human rights, France must consider regulation for an ethic of data as a positive dynamic for the human digital rights.


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