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Wednesday, March 30 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
What Do Privacy and Transparency Mean to You? Perspectives from the Global North and South

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In our roundtable session, participants will hear perspectives from Asia and Latin America, as well as from the US and Canada, on privacy and transparency issues in their respective regions and discuss best practices and lessons learned. Our interest in submitting this proposal stems from projects that both the Citizen Lab and EFF have been working on. EFF issues the annual "Who Has Your Back?" report, which examines the transparency and privacy practices of various online service providers in regards to government requests to access user data. The report has been adapted by a number of digital rights groups working in various countries according to their to local laws and realities, including those in Latin America such as Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales in Mexico, the Karisma Foundation in Colombia, Hiperderecho in Peru, and InternetLab in Brazil, and has led to a better understanding of the privacy practices of the digital communication companies that millions of people use every day. The Citizen Lab has a related project in Canada, the “Access My Info” (AMI) web application, which helps Canadians file legal requests for access to their personal information to learn about what information that service providers hold, for how long, for what purposes, and when the information was disclosed to other parties (e.g., requests by government and law enforcement agencies). Since the tool's creation, tens of thousands of public requests have been made to Canadian telecom operators, and Canadians have filed dozens of complaints to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding how telecom operators responded to these requests. The Citizen Lab recently formed a working group of researchers who will take the methods and tools of AMI, and apply them in Asia, which includes jurisdictions with personal data access laws and those with none, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, and Hong Kong. The output of this research will be a series of reports and articles that provide a comparative analysis of the access request results.

Conversations around improving privacy rights worldwide often take a “one-size-fits-all” approach, which assumes that privacy has a single shared meaning in all communities. However, our experiences have shown that this is not the case. The implication is that privacy advocates in the Global South are often limited by definitions of privacy and transparency that do not necessarily speak to their local context in an effective manner. Engaging in a dialogue on how privacy and transparency are understood in different countries and regions, therefore, will allow us to improve on our methodologies and help us gain a broader perspective. In addition, having this discussion at RightsCon means that we would benefit from the insight that the participants—many of whom are experts in the privacy and digital security field—will provide.

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Luis Fernando Garcia

Director, R3D
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Katitza Rodriguez

International Rights Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Katitza Rodriguez is EFF's International Rights Director. She concentrates on comparative policy of international privacy issues, with special emphasis on law enforcement, government surveillance, and cross border data flows. Her work in EFF's International Program also focuses on cybersecurity at the intersection of privacy, freedom of expression, and copyright enforcement.

Wednesday March 30, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
The Bridge

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