Informational self-determination

The right of an individual to know when and to whom personal data are disclosed. In some European constitutions, the right to informational self- determination is understood to be part of basic rights to freedom, which are inviolable.

  • Support people (populations affected by disasters, responders, volunteers) in knowing what kind of data are collected and how they are being used


Fischer-Hübner, S. (2011). Online Privacy: Towards Informational Self-Determination on the Internet (Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop 11061). Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop 11061. [Link
Rouvroy, A., & Poullet, Y. (2009). The Right to Informational Self-Determination and the Value of Self-Development: Reassessing the Importance of Privacy for Democracy. In Reinventing Data Protection? (pp. 45–76). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. [DOI

Related Guidance

Data Protection

Exceptions and lawful processing

Privacy and Personal Data Protection

Protecting the Rights of Data Subjects

Transparency of Data Processing