What are digital rights?

Digital rights are basic human rights, such as the right to privacy or freedom of speech, but looked at in the context of online life and the rise of the Internet. The term also describes the rights of individuals to access and use computers, electronic devices, networks and digital media.

Internet access is already recognized as a right by the laws of several countries, and as we are conducting more and more of our lives online we need to understand what happens to our rights in the process. Is the website tracking us across all the other pages we visit violating our privacy? Is all the data collected on us by big companies such as Google fairly handled or is it shared and sold to third parties?

In the UK, the legislation that govern digital rights comes from the European Union. Check out this piece on the impact of Brexit on UK Digital Rights.