Joint Committee on Human Rights

The Right to Privacy (Article 8) and the Digital Revolution inquiry

Inquiry status: open

 The deadline for written submissions has passed.

Scope of the inquiry

The Joint Committee on Human Rights is embarking on an inquiry into whether new safeguards to regulate the collection, use, tracking, retention and disclosure of personal data by private companies are needed in the new digital environment to protect human rights.

The key human right at risk is the right to private and family life (Article 8 ECHR), but freedom of expression (Article 10 ECHR), freedom of association (Article 11), and non-discrimination (Article 14 ECHR) are also at risk.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights seeks written evidence on the threats posed to human rights by the collection, use and storage of personal data by private companies and examples of where they have been breached.

Terms of reference: The Right to Privacy (Article 8) and the Digital Revolution

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