BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission proposed on Wednesday, in a world first, a set of digital rights and principles aimed at protecting people’s rights, supporting democracy and ensuring a fair and safe online environment.
The digital rights and principles also cover digital devices, ensuring they support the bloc’s sustainability and green transition goals by providing details on the environmental impact and energy consumption of devices.
The EU executive said the digital rights and principles aim to provide guidance to policymakers and businesses when dealing with new technologies.
“The Digital Bill of Rights and Principles also establishes once and for all that what is illegal offline must also be illegal online. We also aim to promote these principles as a standard for the world,” said the head of the European industry Thierry Breton in a press release.
“We want everyone to be empowered to take an active part in our increasingly digitalized societies. This declaration gives us a clear point of reference on the rights and principles of the online world,” said the digital chief of the EU, Margrethe Vestager.
The Commission hopes to sign a declaration on these rights and principles with EU countries and the European Parliament by this summer.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee)
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