Event information

8 March 2016

The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age: challenges and way forward


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How can the Human Rights Council (HRC) and the General Assembly (GA) address the challenges related to the realization of the Right to Privacy in the digital age? What are the achievements to date and what can be done concretely in the UN human rights framework?

This side event aims at discussing strategies and avenues to further advance the right to privacy in the digital age. Panelists will notably debate current challenges, achievements so far at the HRC and GA, and way forward. The public will also have the opportunity to exchange with the newly appointed Special Rapporteur, notably on his first report.

Welcome remarks

Robert Roth, Director of the Geneva Academy


Eileen Donahoe, Director of Global Affairs, Human Rights Watch


Joseph Cannataci, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy

Carly Nyst,  Human Rights Lawyer, independent consultant focusing on privacy, technology, and freedom of expression

Faiza Patel, Co-Director, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice

Lorna McGregor, Director, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex