With this publication UNESCO aims to provide its Member States and other stakeholders, national and international, with a useful reference tool containing up-to-date and sharp information on emerging issues relevant to both developed and developing countries. Multiple stakeholders, preferably in dialogue, can use it in their own spheres of operation, adapting where appropriate from the range of experiences as recorded in these pages. The publication also supplies additional sources of reference for interested readers to use to further investigate each of the subjects highlighted.
The publication explores a range of issues, such as:
threats to privacy that have developed through the internet,
international legal standards on privacy and responses to these emerging issues,
complex intersections between the rights to privacy and freedom of expression,
UNESCO recommendations to states and corporations for better practice,
overview of literature, background material and tools on international and national policy and practice on privacy and freedom of expression on the Internet.
In the coming years, UNESCO will specifically seek to disseminate information about good practices and international collaboration concerning the points of intersection between freedom of expression and privacy. Research on safeguarding the principle of freedom of expression in Internet policy across a range of issues will continue to be part of UNESCO’s normative mandate and technical advice to stakeholders.
Global overview of challenges and opportunities for privacy protection on the Internet
The global legal and regulatory environment for protection of privacy
Conclusions – intersections between privacy and freedom of expression