Annual thematic reports of the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

Every year the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy presents an annual report to the Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly. See below all reports presented by the mandate since March 2016.

A list of future Planned Thematic Reports was prepared by the UN Special Rapporteur anticipating issues he intends to address over the next years in order to inform all those interested in participating or contributing to his future work.

Year

Presented

Document number

Statement

2020

General Assembly, 75th session

Preliminary evaluation of the privacy dimensions of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic

The Special Rapporteur examines data protection and surveillance in relation to COVID-19 and contact tracing, which may be manual or technological, anonymous or not, consensual or non-consensual.

A/75/147

Oral statement

Report page

 

 

2020

Human Rights Council,
43rd session

Security and surveillance, health data, and business enterprises use of personal data

This report provides an overview of activities undertaken in 2019, and also provides recommendations for protecting against gender-based privacy infringements.

A/HRC/43/52

Oral statement

Report page

2019

General Assembly, 74th session

 

The protection and use of health-related data

There is increasing awareness on the sensitive nature of health-related data. In the digital era, the industry of collecting and using health-related data and the growing number of data breaches are of enormous concern. The report ends with a draft recommendation.

A/74/277

Recommendation on the protection and use of health-related data (extensive unedited document)

Explanatory memorandum

Report page

2019

Human Rights Council,
40th session

Privacy, technology and other human rights from a gender perspective

This report focuses on issues in intelligence oversight; and provides the first report of the ‘Privacy and Gender’ work of the ‘Privacy and Personality’ Taskforce, and that of the Health Data Taskforce. Annexures provide the preliminary reports of these two UNSRP Taskforces.

A/HRC/40/63

Oral statement

Report page

2018

General Assembly, 73rd session

Big Data and Open Data

This report is divided into two parts: an executive summary of activities undertaken during 2017-18 is the first, introductory part of the report. The second and main part is the final report on the work of the Big Data Open Data Taskforce established by the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy.

A/73/438
Appendix 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Oral statement

Report page

2018

Human Rights Council,
37th session

Security and Surveillance

This report focuses on the work undertaken in the first three years of his mandate. It outlines the successful work undertaken on one of the mandate’s key priorities: privacy protection, and government and other forms of surveillance.

A/HRC/37/62

Oral statement

Report page

2017

General Assembly, 72nd session

Big Data and Open Data interim report

This report is divided into two parts: an executive summary of activities undertaken during 2016-17 is the first, introductory part of the report. The second and main part is the interim report on the work of the Big Data Open Data Taskforce established by the Special Rapporteur on Privacy.

A/72/540
and supporting documents

Report page

2017

Human Rights Council,
34th session

Governmental surveillance activities from a national and international perspective

The Special Rapporteur elaborates on the characteristics of the international legal framework and the interpretation thereof. He also describes recent developments and trends, how these can be studied and how they interact with the enjoyment of the right to privacy and other interconnected human rights. Consequently, he outlines first approaches to a more privacy-friendly oversight of government surveillance

A/HRC/34/60

Report page

2016

General Assembly, 71st session

Early mandate report: activities so far, TASk force, events and developments

This report is the first submitted by the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy to the General Assembly. It was written just over one year after the Special Rapporteur assumed the post on 1 August 2015. The Special Rapporteur has identified a number of themes which his consultations with multiple stakeholders revealed as being critical areas of work for the protection of privacy in the digital age

A/71/368

Oral statement

2016

Human Rights Council,
31st session

First mandate report

The Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy describes his vision for his mandate, together with his working methods and a three-year workplan. The report also contains an overview of the state of privacy at the beginning of 2016

A/HRC/31/64

Oral statement