The Spanish Senate recently approved a draft law in order to implement at the national level certain provisions of the EU’s GDPR. Certain provisions have triggered strong reactions from civil society groups, in particular regarding an amendment giving the possibility to political groups to "use personal data obtained from web pages and other publicly accessible sources to carry out political activities" before elections.
Privacy and data protection are two interrelated Internet governance issues. Data protection is a legal mechanism that ensures privacy. Privacy is usually defined as the right of any citizen to control their own personal information and to decide about it (to disclose information or not). Privacy is a fundamental human right. It is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in many other international and regional human rights conventions. The July 2015 appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age reflects the rising importance of privacy in global digital policy, and the recognition of the need to address privacy rights issues the the global, as well as national levels.