21 December 2012

As part of the Digital Agenda for Europe actions, the EC has published a Code of EU online rights, compiling the basic set of rights existing in EU legislation and related to the digital environment. The objective of the Code is to find simple explanations of their legal rights and obligations, set out in a transparent and understandable way.

As foreseen in the Digital Agenda for Europe, this list of online rights and principles will be an important tool for inspiring trust and confidence among consumers and contribute to promote greater use of online services.

Privacy and data protection is covered in Chapter 4, which enshrines the basic data protection rights to protect personal data, have access to, and the opportunity to correct or erase, personal data which may be held by people or organisations.Further rights include:

  • To be fully informed and give their agreement if a website stores and retrieves information from their terminal equipment or wants to track them when they surf the internet;
  • Confidentiality of their online communications, such as emails;
  • To be notified if their personal data held by their Internet Service Provider has been compromised, e.g. lost or stolen, and their privacy is likely to be adversely affected;
  • Not to be sent unsolicited commercial communications, known as 'spam', unless they have given their agreement.

The Code can be accessed in full here.