Human Rights Council creates Special Rapporteur on Privacy

Today the UN Human Rights Council adopted by consensus a resolution that establishes a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. We couldn’t write to you earlier as negotiations have been ongoing till now and we did not know the timing or outcome.

This is a great achievement and I would like to thank all of you for your support. I know that the proponents of the text (Brazil and Germany in particular) were very grateful by the widespread support to this initiative from civil society around the world.

The Special Rapporteur will provide much-needed leadership and guidance on developing an understanding of the scope and content on the right to privacy, as well as strengthening the monitoring of states and companies’ compliance with their responsibility to respect and protect the right to privacy in their laws, policies and practices.

Link to PI’s press release welcoming this development:https://www.privacyinternational.org/?q=node/549

The following were the original co-sponsors of the resolution: Angola, Argentina, Austria, Belgium,Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Chile, Denmark, Djibouti, El Salvador, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, State of Palestine, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Uganda, Uruguay, Zambia.

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