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Thursday, September 4 • 10:45am - 11:45am
WS220: Transnational Surveillance & Crossborder Privacy Protections

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How can we protect our privacy when our most private communications can be covertly collected and analysed by States all around the world? How can freedom of expression exist if every time we read a text or article by a controversial author, our actions are automatically logged and stored by the machines, algorithms, and agents of the state?

Since the Snowden revelations, many people have begun to realise that the laws of their own country provide only ineffective protection against mass surveillance and the laws of other countries provide them with no protection at all. The world is waking up to the reality that most governments treat the private communications of non-residents and foreign nationals as fair game. The UN Human Rights Committee has for the first time remonstrated the US government for failing to provide extra-territorial protection for the privacy of non-citizens and legal challenges are being brought against bulk surveillance of foreign communications around the world.

The purpose of this roundtable is to build upon these developments and discuss what needs to be done to ensure established international human rights law is respected in the context of transnational surveillance. Among the questions to be addressed are:

Should we allow the intelligence services of one country to snoop on the residents of another without restraint?
Can any country freely violate the rights of foreigners by claiming they fall outside their jurisdiction?
Are existing surveillance laws compatible with the right to non-discrimination under international law?


Katitza Rodriguez

International Rights Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Katitza Rodriguez is EFF's International Rights Director. She concentrates on comparative policy of international privacy issues, with special emphasis on law enforcement, government surveillance, and cross border data flows. Her work in EFF's International Program also focuses on... Read More →


Gabrielle Guillemin

Senior Legal Officer, ARTICLE 19
Gabrielle is Senior Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19, an international free speech organisation based in London. She has been leading the organisation's work on internet policy issues since 2011. She is a member of the UK Multistakeholder Advisory Group on Internet Governance (MAGIG) and... Read More →

Eric Metcalfe

Barrister, Monckton Chambers
Eric is a barrister specialising in international human rights law and EU law. Before joining Monckton Chambers in 2011, he spent more than eight years as the director of human rights policy at JUSTICE, one of the UK’s leading human rights organisations. He has undertaken human... Read More →

Nevena Ružić

Council of Europe. Vice-Chair of the Consultative Committee set up under the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data Nevena Ruzic is the Head of Compliance Department at the Republic of Serbia Office of the Commissioner for... Read More →

Pilar Saenz

Organization: Fundación Karisma Colombia

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Thursday September 4, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am EEST
Workshop Room 10 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 7 + 8)

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