Information & Communication Technology

Tackling Dilemmas and Dangers in the Digital Realm - Wilton Park

Meeting Report, 12 November 2014

By Lucy Purdon, Policy Officer, Privacy International; Research Fellow, IHRB

From 17-19 November 2014, this roundtable meeting discussed ways in which to ensure safety and security, and protect privacy in the digital realm, particularly with regard to state responses to threats and dangers.

In partnership with Wilton Park, and with support from Ericsson and the Government of Sweden, this roundtable meeting brought together stakeholders from government, business, and civil society worldwide to facilitate frank and practical discussion in order to:

  • Highlight the increasing challenges and dilemmas for companies in responding to lawful government requests for interception of communications worldwide;

  • Examine the implications of the sale and export of technologies that may be used by States in ways that may violate international human rights standards;

  • Address the appropriate balance between privacy rights, freedom of expression, and legitimate security concerns in designing new laws for data retention and surveillance.

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