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13 Nov 2015

Allon Bar, Ranking Digital Rights Project

UN Forum Series Blog: How do technology companies integrate freedom of expression and privacy rights?

...ICT sector companies have a responsibility not only to respect the human rights of workers and communities where they operate, but also the human rights of people who use their technologies. Clearly, ICT users’ rights to freedom of expression and privacy are a central aspect of the ICT sector’s responsibility to respect human rights...On November 3rd, Ranking Digital Rights launched its inaugural Corporate Accountability Index, taking stock of technology companies’ disclosed commitments, policies and practices affecting their users’ right to freedom of expression and privacy. The 2015 Index assesses 16 globally operating telecommunications and Internet companies on 31 indicators informed by the UN Guiding Principles, the Global Network Initiative’s principles on freedom of expression and privacy, emerging international data protection standards, and two years of consultation with stakeholders across the world...