[IRPCoalition] [bestbits] free flow of information @ Netmundial - Civil Society major issues

Lorena Jaume-Palasi lorena at collaboratory.de
Wed Apr 16 14:31:33 EEST 2014

This cuts both ways. Free flow of information may restrain privacy (which
in some cases may be because of good reasons- like in cases of public
interest (people of public interest like politicians, for instance)) and
privacy may also restrain free flow of information. There needs to be a
balance between both rights, not a hierarchy. No human right is among the
others (with the exception of human dignity). So imho strengthenning one
right among others may lead to an imbalance with very bad outcomes. Kind
regards, Lorena
Am 16.04.2014 11:48 schrieb "Koven Ronald" <kovenronald at aol.com>:

> The improper interpretation of data protection is a major potential
> hindrance to press freedom, That is why the UK Government in particular has
> stipulated a journalistic exception to European Union data protection. Call
> it a narrow trade or industrial issue, if you like. But I regard press
> freedom as a public protection that affects and uunderpins the exercise of
> all other rights.
>  Rony Koven
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ralf Bendrath <bendrath at zedat.fu-berlin.de>
> To: irp <irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org>
> Sent: Wed, Apr 16, 2014 1:43 am
> Subject: Re: [IRPCoalition] [bestbits] free flow of information @
> Netmundial - Civil Society major issues
>  Am 16.04.2014 00:51, schrieb Koven Ronald:
> > But "free flow of information" is in the constitution of UNESCO and
> > could therefore be arguably seen as an established human rights concept.
> The UNESCO Constitution only contains "to promote the free flow of ideas
> by word and image". This does not constitute a fundamental right, and it
> applies to ideas rather than information. "Information" can also mean
> personal data and is used exactly to this effect by many trade and
> industry bodies to undermine data protection / privacy, as Jeanette
> rightly pointed out.
> Best, Ralf
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