Expert Seminar on Artificial Intelligence and the Right to Privacy, 27-28 May 2020

Pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 42/15 adopted on 26 September 2019 (A/HRC/RES/42/15), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will organise an expert seminar to discuss how artificial intelligence (AI) affects the enjoyment of the right to privacy and to articulate the safeguards necessary to promote and protect the right to privacy in the digital age.

The expert seminar will take place between 14.00 and 17.30 (CEST) on 27 and 28 May 2020. It will be made up of four sessions of around 90 minutes each. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the broadest participation the seminar will be held online.

The seminar will focus on the impacts of AI on the enjoyment of the right to privacy. It will give stakeholders an important opportunity to analyse the key role that privacy plays in safeguarding other human rights affected by AI. It will also seek to articulate safeguards and processes that States, businesses and international organisations are required to put in place to promote and protect the right to privacy in the digital age.



Those wishing to participate need to register via the following link:

The registration will remain open until 6 p.m. on Monday 25 May in order to allow the Secretariat to process the registrations.

On Wednesday 27 May, those who have been registered through Indico will receive an email, with a link and instructions on how to join the virtual meeting.

In order to help us identify areas of particular interest, we would like to invite all interested stakeholders to send us brief written comments by 25 May 2020 focusing on one or more of the following:

  • What are the main challenges regarding the impact of AI on the right to privacy and other human rights? Are there AI technologies which raise particular concerns for the right to privacy?
  • What kinds of laws and regulations of AI can provide an adequate level of effective protection of the right to privacy? Where do you see main gaps in existing laws and regulatory frameworks, if any?
  • What safeguards (procedural, institutional, technical) should be implemented when designing, developing, deploying and evaluating AI technologies?

Please send your contribution to


Webcast of the workshop will be made available at