Privacy is key to freedom of thought and conscience. People must be free to conduct their personal lives as they see fit without worrying that they are being observed or monitored.
But our privacy is under threat, both online and off.
Threats to privacy
Technological advances and state surveillance measures present significant and fast evolving threats to privacy rights. ICCL identifies and addresses key human rights issues in relation to surveillance and technology. We advocate for privacy and information rights in Ireland, and we are always growing our expertise and capacity in this area.
Stop the roll-out of the Public Services Card!
The Public Services Card discriminates against those dependent on social welfare. It forces them to hand over personal, biometric data in order to access essential services. Read our report to the UN here.
Read more about our campaign against the Public Services Card.
We demand our online rights be protected as much as our offline rights.
It is generally understood by rights groups in Ireland that online platforms have failed to regulate content in a manner that upholds fundamental rights in Ireland. We recently made a submission to the Department of Communications when it conducted a public consultation about the regulation of online content. Read it here.
We campaign for privacy at the international level
Together with our colleagues at the International Network for Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO), we put questions to governments as to what information they share with each other, and why. The answers were less than satisfactory. Read on at this link.
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We recently took to the streets of Dublin to ask people what their biggest concerns about privacy were: