Privacy Law and Policy Reporter
Supporters of privacy from around the world recently gathered in Hong Kong for the 1999 Privacy Agenda Conference. At the conference, representatives from an international group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) issued a declaration supporting strong privacy protections and continued vigilance against privacy abuses.
The meeting of NGOs from around the world took place as data protection commissioners were meeting to review new threats to privacy and new opportunities for privacy protection. Earlier in the week, Consumer International president Pamela Chan said that governments should conduct research on the potential for abuse in the way internet transactions are carried out. She also urged the adoption of new safeguards to protect the privacy of individuals.
Privacy International director Simon Davies said, ‘We plan to go forward with an aggressive campaign to protect the right of privacy and to stand against all who would undermine this critical freedom.’
Marc Rotenberg, director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said that national governments must continue to listen to the ‘public voice’ as they go forward with policies for the internet. ‘Privacy and the protection of consumer interests remain a central concern for the internet economy.’
Participants in the Privacy Agenda conference included representatives from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
On the occasion of the 21st annual meeting of the international data protection and privacy commissioners, supporters of privacy from around the world gathered in Hong Kong on 16 September 1999 to discuss the current state of privacy protection, identify new threats to privacy and set out an agenda for the protection of privacy in the 21st century.
The 1999 Privacy Agenda conference re-affirmed support for:
The conference also expressed concern regarding:
Finally, the conference called on supporters of privacy from around the world to undertake an international campaign to safeguard the inalienable right of privacy, to preserve human dignity, and to:
This article is comprised of material from the Electronic Privacy Information Centre web site at <http://www.epic.org>.