UN 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council

Disclaimer: due to the Coronavirus outbreak across the world, the UN decided to cancel the event, which impeded the Foundation to organize the roundtable.

OISTE would have organized for the second time a roundtable/side-event during the 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council dedicated to the right to privacy, on the day the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy delivered his report to the Council.

The panel would have dwelled on critical issues underlined by the Special Rapporteur:

  • “more than a third of United Nations Member States have no privacy laws at all while most of the other 125 States have laws which cover some of the contexts where privacy may be threatened but not all.
  • Some important threats to privacy especially those arising on the context of national security, intelligence and surveillance are inadequately regulated in most countries of the world” (A/HRC/37/62)

The panel would have addressed, inter alia, the following issues:

  • Identifying and clarifying principles, standards and best practices regarding the promotion and protection of the human right to privacy;
  • Ensuring that profiling, automated decision-making and machine-learning technologies do proceed in accordance to agreed safeguards and do not affect the enjoyment of human rights;
  • Introducing a gender perspective and ensuring that there exists effective domestic oversight and remedies for the violation of the human right to privacy;
  • Addressing the issue of personal data management: individuals often do not provide their free, explicit and informed consent to the re-use, sale or multiple re-sales of their personal data;
  • Addressing the issue of human rights impacts of artificial intelligence, with a particular focus on examples of discrimination;

Title of the panel: The Right to Privacy in the age of Surveillance Capitalism

Date: Tuesday 3rd of March 2020, 14:00 to 15:00



Estelle Massé (AccessNow)

Father Philip Larrey (Pontifical Lateran University)

Tanya O’Carroll (Amnesty International)

Ilia Siatitsa (Privacy International)

OISTE Foundation objectives

  • Strengthen the relationship with the Human Rights Council;
  • Obtain the Swiss Permanent Mission at the UN, to support and be part of the roundtable/side-event during the event.

OISTE Actions

  • Addressing concrete questions and topics on the Personal Digital Identity rights and ownership with high-level partners and NGOs acting in this very particular field.
  • Intensifying OISTE’s campaign and position as a Technology NGO in the field of digital identity for persons (Digital Human Rights).