On 19 – 20 February 2018, the OHCHR Expert Workshop on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age took place in Geneva, as mandated by the Human Rights Council Resolution 34/7 (23 March 2017) on ‘The right to privacy in the digital age’. The purpose of the event was the identification and clarification of principles, standards and best practices regarding the promotion and protection of the right to privacy in the digital age, with the awareness that specific challenges arise with regard to the right to privacy in the context of modern communications and information technology.
Lorna McGregor, Co-Director of the HRBDT Project, presented on the panel on ‘Safeguards, Oversight and Remedies’, which looked at the procedural and institutional safeguards and remedial avenues available to victims against violations of the right to privacy. She also moderated a session on ‘Surveillance and Communications Interception’, which looked at the international law principles and standards for surveillance and interception of communications by governments.
Please see here and here for more information on the workshop. Following this workshop, the OHCHR will submit a report on the right to privacy in the digital age to the Human Rights Council at its 39th session, which will be held on 10 – 28 September 2018.