Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy

Sofija Korac
Adviser for the Third Committee
New York, New York
October 18, 2022


Thank you. The United States agrees there should be clear limits on the ability to collect, use, transfer, and maintain personal data. The modern economy thrives on an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet characterized by the free flow of data while protecting individuals’ privacy.

We support interoperable approaches to privacy regulations that provide effective and enforceable data privacy protections and are flexible to accommodate different legal regimes. We also encourage the use of voluntary tools to help organizations identify and manage privacy risks, such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Privacy Framework.

At the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the United States helped launch the Global Partnership for Action on Gender-Based Online Harassment and Abuse. The Partnership emphasizes the need for greater accountability for perpetrators of gender-based online harassment and abuse, which impedes an individual’s ability to enjoy their rights related to privacy, among other rights.

We remain concerned about the growing misuse of technologies for arbitrary and unlawful surveillance that disregards privacy and enables repression. And we condemn Russia for its misuse of technologies in carrying out “filtration” operations against Ukrainian citizens, which we call on Russia to immediately halt.

Special Rapporteur, what are your planned next steps to address the intentional misuse of digital technologies to violate human rights, including privacy?

Thank you.