Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, Ana Brian Nougrères

Stephanie Greene
Advisor for Economic and Social Affairs
New York, New York
October 19, 2021


Ms. Nougrères, the United States looks forward to working with you as you assume your role as the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy.

The protection of privacy is essential to the full enjoyment of human rights. We are increasingly concerned with the misuse of surveillance technology by authoritarian governments. Such misuse not only results in arbitrary or unlawful interferences with one’s privacy, but also stifles freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association.

We are also concerned with the privacy risks that can arise from the increasing use of data extraction and algorithms involved in AI-enabled products and services. We call on governments to protect and businesses to respect human rights in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, including in the design, development, deployment, and evaluation of data driven technologies such as AI and to ensure these products and services are subject to safeguards and oversight.

We hope that you explore these issues further during your tenure.

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