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Urgent action needed to protect privacy in cyberspace

International action is needed to protect privacy in cyberspace, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy has told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Joseph Cannataci, who is exploring avenues for protecting cyberspace privacy, said it was both urgent and essential for States to act together, as the issue crossed national borders and lay “at the intersection of privacy and security interests”.

Source: Urgent action needed to protect privacy in cyberspace | Scoop News

Biometric Verification of Refugees Introduced in Uganda to Prevent Fraud

The U.N. refugee agency has launched a nationwide biometric verification system in Uganda to make sure data gathered about refugees and asylum seekers is accurate. The UNHCR says this is to ensure assistance reaches those for whom it is intended.

Uganda provides protection to about 1.4 million refugees from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. The government has been praised for its generosity and open-door policy for people fleeing conflict and persecution.

Source: Biometric Verification of Refugees Introduced in Uganda to Prevent Fraud

UN Privacy Rapporteur releases Draft Legal Instrument on Government-led Surveillance and Privacy

On 10 January 2018 the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph Cannataci, released the Draft Legal Instrument on Government-led Surveillance and Privacy. It aims at giving clear and detailed guidance for the area of government-led or organized surveillance using electronic means.

Read the Draft Legal Instrument here.

UN privacy expert weighs in on landmark US Supreme Court case on jurisdiction over cloud data

he UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy has submitted independent expert advice to the US Supreme Court in a landmark case.

The court is to decide on the validity of a search warrant which requires Microsoft to hand over the entire contents of an email account housed in its data centre located in Ireland.

Source: OHCHR | UN privacy expert weighs in on landmark US Supreme Court case on jurisdiction over cloud data

Clear and universal – the right to privacy at the 120th Session of the Human Rights Committee

What do Honduras, Pakistan, and Switzerland have in common? They all happened to be under the scrutiny of the UN Human Rights Committee, which found the countries’ human rights record wanting in many respects, including the scope of their surveillance legislation.

Source: Clear and universal – the right to privacy at the 120th Session of the Human Rights Committee | Privacy International

UN privacy expert announces first fact-finding visit to the USA

United Nations Special Rapporteur Joseph Cannataci will undertake his first official visit to the United States of America from 19 to 27 June. He will discuss issues related to security and surveillance, big data and open data, health data, and personal data processed by private corporations.

Source: OHCHR | Right to privacy: UN privacy expert announces first fact-finding visit to the USA (19-27 June)

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