UN: ICJ calls for more efforts to protect right to privacy online and offline

Today, the ICJ delivered a statement before the UN Human Rights Council in the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy.

The statement reads as follows:

“Mr President,

The ICJ appreciates the discussion in the report of the Special Rapporteur on the evolution and current state of Ibero-American legal systems, regarding data protection and the trends towards harmonization with recent European Union laws. New laws should provide better protection through enhanced supervisory and remedial systems.

The ICJ encourages the Special Rapporteur to complement the mapping of legislation with an assessment of current processes and challenges to the right to privacy in the region, including those originating from companies and the growing use of artificial intelligence.

We recommend that the Special Rapporteur undertake an assessment of how the Inter-American human rights system’s standards provide a common basis for the protection and guarantee of the right to privacy, and the extent to which these standards are able to provide for access to justice and effective remedies for violations of this right.

States are under an obligation also to carry out an assessment of compliance of national law and practice with the American Convention of Human Rights.

Madam Special Rapporteur, what could the mandate do to enhance the independence and effectiveness of national systems of oversight and supervision of the protection of the right to privacy?

I thank you.”


Massimo Frigo, ICJ UN Representative, e: massimo.frigo(a)icj.org, t: +41797499949

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