EILEEN DONAHOE HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

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This goes to the heart of human rights advocacy and activism. Social media now shape human rights advocacy and political debates about rights around the world. Space for civil society opens up when activists are able to circumvent government monopolies over the dissemination of information. Cannataci can help bring greater transparency and accountability in this realm. Dedicated attention to privacy in the global digital context has been urgently needed. If Cannataci fulfills his mandate, he will make a significant difference to the protection of human rights in the digital context. By Eileen Donahoe – 01 September View the discussion thread.

The Internet in many ways has been a boon to the exercise of human rights. Defenders often delve into problems or raise issues that governments would rather keep hidden. Cannataci, an internationally recognized expert on privacy, data protection, and information technology, is mandated to explore the implications of widespread adoption of digital technology for privacy and how the erosion of privacy undermines fundamental freedoms and democracy. Space for civil society opens up when activists are able to circumvent government monopolies over the dissemination of information. But lack of clarity on how to apply existing international human rights law in this globalized digital context has significantly undermined respect for universal human rights. The special rapporteur has the potential to make a real difference for human rights protection.

The current lack ribhts transparency and coherence, in both private sector domahoe government data collection and retention practices, is deeply problematic for human rights protection and has direct bearing on the obligations of governments to protect and respect privacy both at home and abroad.

Defenders often delve into problems or raise issues that governments would rather keep hidden. By establishing clearer international norms on the right to privacy, the new UN expert will help human rights advocates and everyone else make the most of what digital technology has to offer.

Cannataci is charged with interpreting, applying, and extending existing international law into new areas where privacy, freedom of expression, and other human rights interact in the digital context. Rapid expansion of Internet infrastructure that crosses international borders and exponential adoption of digital technology have brought profound societal change and disruption.

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Eileen Donahoe is the Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch where she represents the organization worldwide on human rights foreign policy, with special emphasis on digital rights, cybersecurity and Internet governance. July 3, UN Human Rights Council members seized the opportunity to put much-needed focus on the increasingly imperiled right to privacy, by appointing Joseph Cannataci to serve as the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy.

Cannataci can help bring greater transparency and accountability in this realm. Protecting privacy is important for everyone, but for human rights defenders, their lives and work depend upon it. He should use his mandate to focus global attention on factors that facilitate overbroad surveillance, including new reliance of governments on private sector data collection.

Aside from enhancing the repressive powers of governments, global communications technology and the digitization of all aspects of social life have brought new urgency to concerns about how to protect the right to privacy for consumers, journalists, lawyers, and citizens.

View the discussion thread. And he should help articulate and develop best practices for governments and the ieleen sector to responsibly protect personal information and address digital vulnerabilities.

The special rapporteur has the potential to make a real difference for human rights protection. Social media now shape human rights advocacy and political debates about rights around the world.

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If Cannataci fulfills his mandate, he will make a significant difference to the protection of human rights in the digital context. So when everything activists say or do can be intercepted and monitored, it has a chilling effect on what they feel free to say, where they feel free to go, and with whom they are able to meet.

In sum, the new UN expert is empowered to systematically review government policies and laws on interception of digital communications and collection of personal data; to identify actions that intrude on privacy without compelling justification; to assist governments in developing best practices to bring global surveillance under the rule of law; to further articulate private sector responsibilities to respect human rights; and to help ensure that national procedures and laws are consistent with international human rights law obligations.

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Political and diplomatic tussles over surveillance programs and digital hacking in the US, Germany, Brazil, China, and beyond show just how hard it is going to be to protect privacy in the digital age.

But lack of clarity on how to apply existing international human rights law in this globalized digital context has significantly undermined respect for universal human rights.

Eileen Donahoe, Director, Global Affairs, Human Rights Watch

Cannataci, an internationally recognized expert on privacy, data protection, and information technology, is mandated to explore the implications of widespread adoption of digital technology for privacy and how the erosion of privacy undermines fundamental freedoms and democracy. This goes to the heart of human rights advocacy and activism. Eileen Donahoe explains that dedicated attention to privacy in the global digital context is urgently needed.

Planes, drones and agricultural yields. Dedicated attention to privacy in the global digital context has been urgently needed. But for human rights defenders in particular, safety and the basic ability to do their work is at stake.

At present, private utilities and other companies hyman the world vary widely in what data they retain, and their practices in many instances affect or determine what governments are able to collect and monitor.

Human rights defenders increasingly face threats, harassment, and insecurity as a result of digital surveillance and collection of their personal data. The Internet in many ways has been a boon to the exercise of human rights. Here is why this mandate on eikeen matters so vitally to human rights defenders.

Space for civil society opens up when activists are able to circumvent numan monopolies over the dissemination of information. By Eileen Donahoe – 01 September