The Spanish Government adopts the Digital Rights Charter
The Spanish Government adopts the Digital Rights Charter to articulate a reference framework to guarantee citizens’ rights in the new digital age.
Without being regulatory in nature, this Charter provides a reference framework to guarantee citizens’ rights in the new digital age and aims to recognise the challenges of adapting existing rights to the virtual and digital environment.
The text contains a set of principles and rights to guide future regulatory projects and the development of public policies in order to guarantee the protection of individual and collective rights in new digital scenarios.
It therefore sets out the principles on which to base the safeguarding of fundamental rights in the digital environment.
The objective of the Charter is descriptive, prospective and assertive. Descriptive of digital contexts and scenarios that give rise to new conflicts and situations that need to be resolved; prospective by anticipating future scenarios that can already be predicted; and assertive because it revalidates and legitimises the principles, techniques and policies that should be applied in present and future digital environments and spaces.
The Digital Rights Charter also aims to strengthen citizens’ rights, create certainty for society in the new digital age and increase people’s confidence in the changes and disruptions brought about by new technologies.
In relation to work, the Digital Rights Charter includes the right to digital disconnection, to rest and to the reconciliation of personal and family life (work-life balance), impact assessment in the use of algorithms or the development of optimal conditions for the creation of controlled test spaces (sandbox).