For further reports & articles, see the Resource Centre’s general section on Privacy.
1. Tools & guidance
Employment & recruitment agencies, Information & communication technology (ICT), Oil & gas: Development of guidance for 3 sectors - being carried out by Shift, Institute for Human Rights and Business, for European Commission. Final guidance expected to be approved & published Feb-Apr 2013.
“Applying the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to the ICT Industry: Version 2.0: Ten Lessons Learned”, BSR, Sep 2012
“For ICT companies, the biggest human rights-related risks and opportunities will likely include, but not be limited to…Privacy and security”
“Digital Freedom in International Law: Practical Steps to Protect Human Rights Online”, Ian Brown & Douwe Korff, Global Network Initiative, 14 Jun 2012
The report “attempts to tackle some of the most difficult questions around protecting rights to freedom of expression and privacy in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector”
“Telco Action Plan – Respecting Human Rights: Ten Steps and Implementation Objectives for Telecommunications Companies”, Access, 23 May 2012
“Telcos shall:Operate in a manner that respects the fundamental human rights of all users, including the rights of freedom of expression, access to information, and privacy.”
“Enhancing Internet freedom and human rights through responsible business practices”, Regeringskansliet, Government Offices of Sweden, Apr 2012
“the dilemmas for the industry include…breaching privacy”.
“The Silicon Valley Standard”, Access, 28 Oct 2011
“Technology companies should pay special attention to the unique human rights challenges of visual media technologies and content -- especially on issues such as privacy, anonymity, consent, and access.”
For further tools & guidance, see the Resource Centre’s Tools & Guidance Portal.
2. Examples of uses
US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor, US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor, 1 May 2013
See section V
“How Microsoft Did It: Implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”, Dan Bross, Microsoft Corporate Citizenship, 4 Dec 2012
“The Global Human Rights Statement reinforces (rather than replaces) Microsoft’s existing policies in areas such as privacy, equality, and labor rights”.
“TeliaSonera partners with the Danish Institute for Human Rights for support and review of its corporate human rights work”, TeliaSonera, 17 Jul 2012
“DIHR will develop a tool tailored to TeliaSonera and its human rights risk profile. It will include freedom of expression and privacy issues”.
“Yahoo! And Youtube: Balancing Human Rights and Business”, Carnegie Council workshop with Julia Kennedy (Carnegie Council), Rachel Davis (Shift), Susan Morgan (Global Network Initiative), Ebele Okobi-Harris (Yahoo!), Abbi Tatton (YouTube), 5 Oct 2011
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