ICCL has invited the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, Professor Philip Alston, to give a talk on how digital surveillance technologies are being introduced into social welfare systems around the globe.
Where: Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre, Great Charles St, Dublin 1. When: 29 July, 17:30.
Register here: https://keepings-tabs-on-poverty.eventbrite.ie
When we consider the rights violations associated with living in extreme poverty, we don’t usually think of privacy and data protection rights first.
But monitoring and surveillance affect everyone’s privacy. And it’s well-established that governments and corporations subject those living in poverty to heightened or more invasive surveillance.
The public services card is a well-known Irish example of how digital technologies can be used against people living in poverty. The government has created a digital check point where people must hand over their biometric data in order to put food on the table. It’s deeply unfair, because those required to get the PSC are least likely to be able to fight it.
And the public services card is not the only example. CCTV disproportionately monitors those in disadvantaged areas. Big business targets ads based on stereotypes of the social classes, which can have consequences for voting patterns….