February 8, 2021 - Comments Off on DRF Statement on UN Resolution On Right To Privacy (16-12-20)
The Digital Rights Foundation is excited by the resolution recently adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on the 16th of December, 2020, which reemphasizes the UN’s commitment to highlight the importance of the right to privacy.
The Resolution (75/176) adopted during the 75th session of the Assembly, while noting the Special Rapporteur reports of the Human Rights council on the subjects of right to privacy, freedom of expression and association as well as the UN Secretary General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation and a myriad of other factors. The resolution:
- Affirms the right to privacy as set out in Article 12 of the UDHR and Article 17 of ICCPR.
- Recognizes the paramount importance of the Internet as a tool to connect people and also aid in achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
- Affirms that the right to privacy must be translated into online spaces as well as offline.
- Asks the States to employ principles of legality, necessity and proportionality in any curtailment or limitation of citizens’ right to privacy.
- Encourages States to promote an environment of open and secure technology, based on respect for international law.
- Acknowledges impact of artificial intelligence on right to privacy and asks for such risks to be minimized and safe and high quality data infrastructures to be built with human oversight.
The document also involves a call addressed specifically to States, especially those signatory to the UDHR and ICCPR and also to business enterprises involved in the storage and processing of data that we will unpack in further posts.
We, as an organization invested in creating a safer internet for women and children and all people, welcome this Resolution and see it for the important step that it is towards achieving a breathable and secure digital age for all netizens.