The International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) provided the UN Human Rights Committee with inputs regarding the human rights challenges related to privacy in the digital age.
This document briefly sets out the issues and challenges facing encryption and anonymity, reliance on data-driven technology, privacy challenges for vulnerable populations, and surveillance and digital communications interceptions.
By addressing these challenges, we recommend that the Committee issue a new General Comment on the right to privacy under Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). As the right to digital privacy has taken on enormous new significance since the Committee published General Comment 16 in 1988, this revision is urgently required to provide guidance on state obligations under the ICCPR.
INCLO is a network of 13 independent, national human rights organizations to which CELS belongs. We work together to promote fundamental rights and freedoms.