International developments in Privacy and Human Rights
Place: San Andres University (downtown campus).
In the last three years, starting with the Snowden’s revelations and related political fallout that followed; there has been a great momentum to put the right to privacy on the agenda of various forums at the regional and international level. This has been illustrated by the various resolutions reports by UN human rights independent experts and by the UN main political bodies including the UN General Assembly, the Human Rights Council and Human Rights Committee on the right to privacy, and in particular as to how it relates to its definitions within Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Other forums at the regional and international level have been exploring related topics encryption, anonymity, export control of surveillance technologies, data protection, data exploitation, big data, cyber security, and counter-terrorism. To leverage this momentum, PI has been engaging through various mechanisms in many of these debates in order to ensure that policies and regulations being developed reflect the local realities. PI has thus been working to articulate legal, policy and technological standards and principles to guide research, policy engagement and calls for reform on the right to privacy and related topics, in particular as it relates to the global south, data exploitation and communications surveillance. This session will outline the main discussions taking place at the international level on the right to privacy and related topics, present some of the challenges and opportunities and conclude with suggestion for avenues for research and policy engagement.
The session will discuss developments at the UN, EU, Council of Europe, Inter-American Commission and Court, as well as the African Union amongst others.
Alexandrine is a Programme Lead and Advocacy Officer at Privacy International working across the organisation and the PI network on privacy related issues with a particular focus on communications surveillance with the aim of engaging in advocacy activities at the national, region and international level and carrying out related thematic research. Additionally, she coordinates the PI’s work with its International Network across Africa Asia and Latin America. Before joining PI, she was engaged in research and advocacy on issues relating to human rights, irregular migration, Security Sector Reform, gender, conflict management and human security. Alexandrine graduated from the University of Birmingham with an MSc in Conflict Security and Development following an LLM in International Law at the University of Westminster.