Public Voice Symposium
the 2005 edition of
"Privacy and Human Rights"
November 18, 2005
The Electronic Privacy Information Center will
release the eighth edition of the Privacy and Human Rights 2005 report
during the World Summit
on the Information Society in Tunis. Its objectives
are to present the latest developments affecting privacy in the world; and
to invite representatives from civil society and human rights
including from Tunisia - data
experts to discuss the importance of the right
to privacy in the development
- Privacy is one of the most critical policy issues facing governments today. With its review of privacy laws and related developments in more than 70 countries around the world, the 2005 Privacy and Human Rights is the most comprehensive survey on privacy and data protection ever published.
- The Privacy and Human Rights survey is an enormously important resource for policymakers, experts, government officials and activists alike. It has been written with the collaboration of more than 200 privacy experts, from the academia, the government to human rights and civil liberties groups. By publishing this report every year EPIC seeks to make readers aware of the developments in privacy laws, recent intrusions into privacy, and major successes by human rights advocacy groups around the world to promote the rule of law and make governments more accountable to the public
- Several key global developments will be presented that have taken place between 2004 and the middle of 2005, from the establishment of traveler profiling systems, the creation of biometric IDs and smart cards, to the use of radio frequency identification technologies, DNA and health information databases, and video surveillance. The report documents several new challenges and developments in the international privacy arena. It also covers the most important themes related to privacy, from the surveillance of communications and video surveillance to electronic commerce, digital rights management, genetic and workplace privacy, including such new topics as the privacy aspects of the World Summit on the Information Society, radio frequency identification tags and the WHOIS database.
- Review copies of Privacy and Human Rights 2005 will be available on the day of the panel. The report will soon be available online and in hard copy (links not yet active).
- Alberto Escudero-Pascual (IT46, Sweden): Privacy threats on the Internet and communication technology: What do VoIP and chat services tell us about the privacy impacts of technical design? – Security measures at WSIS and how to circumvent them.
- Marie Georges (Head of the Section European and International Affairs and Prospective, Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés, France): The state of privacy in Europe. - Importance of privacy as a critical human right in the development of the Information Society.
- Carlos G. Gregorio (Research Director at the Instituto de Investigación para la Justicia (Research Institute for Justice), Argentina): the state of privacy in Latin America (PowerPoint presentation).
- Sharon K. Hom (Executive Director, Human Rights in China, USA): The state of privacy in China. – Privacy as a critical human right in the development of the Information Society.
- Cédric Laurant (Director, International Privacy Project, EPIC, USA): Moderator - presentation of "Privacy and Human Rights 2005" (pdf).
- Sjoera Nas (European Digital Rights, Belgium/Bits of Freedom, Netherlands): the threat of data retention in the European Union.
- Elijah Zarwan (Human Rights Watch, USA): The situation of privacy as a basic human right in the Middle East. Resource: "False Freedom: Online Censorship in the Middle East and North Africa."
- Marie Georges, Head of the Section European and International Affairs and Prospective, Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés. (France).
- Carlos G. Gregorio, Research Director at the Instituto de Investigación para la Justicia (Research Institute for Justice) (Argentina). Background materials (.doc format).
- Roberto Guerra, Managing Director, Privaterra (Canada).
- Sharon K. Hom, Executive Director, Human Rights in China (China).
- Cédric Laurant, Director, International Privacy Project, EPIC (USA).
- Elijah Zarwan, Human Rights Watch (USA).
Conference room Hammamet, Kram Exhibition Center, Tunis, Tunisia.
Collaborators (more info)
European Digital Rights (EDRI)
Third World Majority
WSIS CS Privacy & Security Working Group
December 6, 2005
Page URL: http://www.thepublicvoice.org/events/tunis05