Analysis of key human rights concerns relating to security, discrimination and societal implications of surveillance and examination of existing national regulatory responses.
This focus area assesses the human rights impact of the use of big data and associated technologies for surveillance in the context of security, discrimination and broader societal implications. Following from this, our research also considers the extent to which existing privacy and data protection guarantees at the national level protect against, or enable, potential infringements of human rights. The extent and adequacy of regulatory regimes in the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil and India will be assessed.
Both components of our research question whether the collection and use of data necessitates a reconceptualisation of privacy, and a rethinking of broader human rights protections. Analysis of disparate national contexts will inform, and be situated against, overarching themes developing across the Project.