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United Nations Perspectives on the Right to Privacy




United Nations Perspectives on the Right to Privacy


When: 3 March 2021; 3 to 5 pm

Where: virtual

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ISC will organise a briefing entitled "United Nations perspectives the Right to Privacy" that will occur online on 3 March 2021 at 15h00CET.


The UN Human Rights Council's inaugural Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Prof. Joseph Cannataci, will deliver the keynote address on the right to privacy, followed by a series of interventions by notable discussants.


The meeting objective will be to consider the impact of data protection regulation on the use of sensitive personal data for medical research and improved health outcomes globally. Success will rely on situating the global policy and regulatory environment within a human rights framework that respects human rights while supporting the exchange of and access to relevant data. This is particularly important for emerging economies and will facilitate international research collaborations to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and other policy objectives.


Speakers will include:


  • Manuel Heitor Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
  • Didier Reynders European Commissioner for Justice, Belgium
  • Joseph Cannataci United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, University of Groningen, Netherlands, and the University of Malta, Malta (Keynote)
  • Kurt Zatloukal Medical University of Graz, Austria
  • Eva Kaili Member of the European Parliament, Belgium
  • Immaculate Kassait Data Protection Commissioner, Kenya
  • Robert Eiss National Institutes of Health, Washington, USA
  • Karen Holmes Genuity Science, Ireland
  • Zeinab Osman Director-General, National Centre for Research, Sudan


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