United Nations examines children’s right to privacy

The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy calls for submissions on privacy and children. Dr Elizabeth Coombs reports.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joe Cannataci, is examining the privacy rights of children and how this right interacts with the interests of business, governments, parents/ guardians, and others. The input of interested parties from around the world is now sought.

Article 16 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) states:

a. No child shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his or her honour and reputation.
b. The child has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

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