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The Right to Privacy and the Digital Revolution 06/12/2018 The Joint Committee on Human Rights has launched an inquiry into the Right to Privacy (Article 8) and the Digital Revolution

The Right to Privacy and the Digital Revolution

The Joint Committee on Human Rights of the UK Parliament has launched an inquiry into the Right to Privacy (Article 8) and the Digital Revolution, looking at the role of the private companies that provide digital infrastructure, products and services.

The first step of the inquiry is a call for “written evidence on the threats posed to human rights by the collection, use and storage of personal data by private companies and examples of where they have been breached.”

In particular, the Committee is interested in the following questions:

  • Are some uses of data by private companies so intrusive that states would be failing in their duty to protect human rights if they did not intervene? If so, what uses are too intrusive, and what rights are potentially at issue?
  • Are consumers and individuals aware of how their data is being used, and do they have sufficient real choice to consent to this?
  • What regulation is necessary and proportionate to protect individual rights without interfering unduly with freedom to use and develop new technology?
  • If action is needed, how much can be done at national level, and how much needs international cooperation?
  • To what extent do international human rights standards, such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, have a role to play in preventing private companies from breaching individuals rights to privacy?

The written submissions are sought by Thursday 31st January 2019.

Further details are available here.

 

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