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21 Apr 2020

Robust human rights due diligence needed to address human rights risks & impacts related to data-driven business conduct, according to new study

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The German Institute for Human Rights and Institute for Business Ethics at the University of St. Gallen released a study in April 2020 that explores business and human rights in the data economy. The study maps challenges for human rights protection emerging from data- driven business conduct and suggests that addressing the corporate responsibility of technology companies through a business and human rights lens is beneficial as it anchors the debate in internationally established norms and universally accepted human rights. It also states that technology companies should engage in robust human rights due diligence to help prevent and address human rights harms.

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