Tracking tools found on government and health websites

19 Mar 2019

According to the BBC, online tools which track user behaviour for advertisers have been found on a swathe of EU public health websites, including the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and gov.uk websites. The data protection compliance organisation behind this report,  CookieBot, the tracking industry is continuing to systematically monitor the online activity of  EU citizens despite the GDPR, often with the unintentional assistance by the very governments that should be regulating it.

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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.

 

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