The Right to Information and Privacy: Balancing Rights and Managing Conflicts

World Bank Institute Governance Working Paper

56 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2011

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David Banisar

ARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression

Date Written: March 10, 2011

Abstract

The right to privacy and the right to information are both essential human rights in the modern information society. For the most part, these two rights complement each other in holding governments accountable to individuals. But there is a potential conflict between these rights when there is a demand for access to personal information held by government bodies. Where the two rights overlap, states need to develop mechanisms for identifying core issues to limit conflicts and for balancing the rights.This paper examines legislative and structural means to better define and balance the rights to privacy and information.

Keywords: Right to information, privacy, freedom of information, public records, data protection, transparency

Suggested Citation

Banisar, David, The Right to Information and Privacy: Balancing Rights and Managing Conflicts (March 10, 2011). World Bank Institute Governance Working Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1786473 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1786473

David Banisar (Contact Author)

ARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression ( email )

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London, EC1R 1UQ
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