CPME response to the public on consultation on a set of European digital principlesComments Off on CPME response to the public on consultation on a set of European digital principles

On 8 July, the CPME Executive Committee adopted the CPME Response to the Public Consultation on a set of European Digital Principles.

CPME notes that the individual needs to learn to make healthy choices, not only physical, mental, spiritual and economic, but now also digital, fighting against addictive behaviours, sedentary activities, adequately respond to cyberbullying and passive-aggressive online behaviours, among other. Healthy boundaries between professional and private life in the connected world needs to be encouraged, and the right to disconnect for professionals and students should be established. This is a corollary of the concept of ‘healthy living’ (practice of health enhancing behaviours).

Moreover, the long-term impact on children and young people’s health, both physical and mental must be considered. The principle of “Protecting and empowering children and young people in the online space” should encompasses ‘prevention’ against the negative effects of the online space. This will ensure that children and young people are able to live healthy lives, which will in turn reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases.

CPME also supports a right for a ‘clean data slate’ at the age of 18. When children are old enough to understand the consequences of data collection, they should be granted the right to demand companies to delete any personal information collected about them, as data subjects, prior to their legal emancipation, safeguarding patient data as determined by the data subject him/herself.

Finally, the professions subject to confidentiality and “professional secrecy”, such as doctors, deserve the same level of protection online as offline. The data that a doctor processes from a patient within the exercise of his/her profession or as a result of his/her profession, needs to be protected and respected in full in the online environment.

For the complete response, please see here.