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General Comment No. 25 on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment : implications for children’s right to privacy and data protection in Africa

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The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its much-awaited General Comment No. 25 on children's rights in the digital environment in 2021. Much of the conversations since its adoption have centred on how General Comment No. 25 influences State behaviours in the western world or globally. Little attention has been given as to what General Comment No. 25 means for children's right to privacy in Africa. This article seeks to explore the role of General Comment No. 25 in clarifying States' obligations in respect of children's rights to privacy and data protection in the digital era on the African continent. In doing so, this article first contextualises General Comment No. 25 in the broader context of the United Nations human rights system and analyses its recommendations on children's right to privacy. Second, the article examines children's right to privacy in Africa and analyses the specific features of the African human rights system that influence the understanding of this right. Finally, the article illuminates certain child-specific privacy and data protection measures that are being or have been included or discussed in the law-making processes and policy debates in a selection of African countries and links them to both General Comment No. 25 and the socio-cultural context of the continent.
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General Comment No. 25, children's rights, data protection, privacy, digital environment, African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, CHARTER, Africa, digital

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Ayalew, Yohannes Eneyew, et al. “General Comment No. 25 on Children’s Rights in Relation to the Digital Environment : Implications for Children’s Right to Privacy and Data Protection in Africa.” HUMAN RIGHTS LAW REVIEW, vol. 24, no. 3, 2024, doi:10.1093/hrlr/ngae018.
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Ayalew, Y. E., Verdoodt, V., & Lievens, E. (2024). General Comment No. 25 on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment : implications for children’s right to privacy and data protection in Africa. HUMAN RIGHTS LAW REVIEW, 24(3). https://doi.org/10.1093/hrlr/ngae018
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Ayalew, Yohannes Eneyew, Valerie Verdoodt, and Eva Lievens. 2024. “General Comment No. 25 on Children’s Rights in Relation to the Digital Environment : Implications for Children’s Right to Privacy and Data Protection in Africa.” HUMAN RIGHTS LAW REVIEW 24 (3). https://doi.org/10.1093/hrlr/ngae018.
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Ayalew, Yohannes Eneyew, Valerie Verdoodt, and Eva Lievens. 2024. “General Comment No. 25 on Children’s Rights in Relation to the Digital Environment : Implications for Children’s Right to Privacy and Data Protection in Africa.” HUMAN RIGHTS LAW REVIEW 24 (3). doi:10.1093/hrlr/ngae018.
Vancouver
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Ayalew YE, Verdoodt V, Lievens E. General Comment No. 25 on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment : implications for children’s right to privacy and data protection in Africa. HUMAN RIGHTS LAW REVIEW. 2024;24(3).
IEEE
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Y. E. Ayalew, V. Verdoodt, and E. Lievens, “General Comment No. 25 on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment : implications for children’s right to privacy and data protection in Africa,” HUMAN RIGHTS LAW REVIEW, vol. 24, no. 3, 2024.
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