UN must include human rights safeguards in proposed UN Cybercrime Treaty

Privacy International joined organizations and academics working around the world to urge member states in the Ad Hoc Committee responsible for drafting a potential United Nations Cybercrime Treaty to ensure human rights protections are reflected in the any future treaty. The first session of the Ad Hoc Committee will begin on January 17th.

The proposed treaty will likely deal with cybercrime, international cooperation, and access to potential digital evidence by law enforcement authorities, as well as human rights and procedural safeguards.

Key advocacy points

In a joint letter to the Committee chair, we call on states to include human rights considerations at every step in the drafting process. We also recommended  that cross-border investigative powers include strong human rights safeguards, and that civil society organizations be provided opportunities to participate effectively in the development and drafting of any potential treaty.