State surveillance and implications for children

Issue brief | Reform necessary to ensure rights of children

Yolanda, 9, is reflected on a computer screen


This work is part of UNICEF’s Good Governance of Children's Data project.

In today’s digital era, governments are increasingly relying on digital surveillance technology to support national security and public order priorities. But to what extent are governments distinguishing between children and adults when employing surveillance measures, and what pressing issues of concern emerge in relation to state surveillance of minors?

This paper lays out the present-day context of state surveillance, and presents ideas for reform and change to ensure that the rights of children and young people remain respected and protected.

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Steve Feldstein, the Carnegie Endowment for Peace
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