On 27 November 2017, the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, together with the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations, co-hosted a side event at the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights on ‘Addressing access to remedy in the digital age: Corporate misconduct in sharing and processing personal data’.
The event identified the main challenges to ensuring access to legal and non-legal remedies in the context of data processing and data-sharing by corporations with their business relationships, in line with Pillar 3 of the Guiding Principles. It also addressed the shortcomings in ensuring access to remedy in the context of data-sharing in response to requests by public authorities, justified on grounds of national security or law enforcement interests. Benefiting from the multi-stakeholder perspectives represented on the panel, the side event explored potential solutions and good practices regarding the remediation of adverse impact of corporate misconduct and steps that can be taken on part of companies and the state in this regard (including through public-private partnerships). Please see here for more information on the side event.
The next day, on 28 November 2017, Sheldon Leader and Krisztina Huszti-Orban gave a presentation on ‘Social media platforms: The new gatekeepers of free speech?’ during a snapshot session at the 2017 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights. The presentation addressed the different ways in which internet intermediaries de facto regulate online content, either in response to state demands in this respect or by carrying out tasks and functions delegated by the state. They also explored related human rights implications of these developments.
The day after, on 29 November 2017, Sheldon Leader and Krisztina Huszti-Orban participated as panellists at a Geneva Academy Wednesdays event, discussing once again ‘Social media platforms: The new gatekeepers of free speech?’. They considered the questions arising under international human rights law as a consequence of the quasi-executive and quasi-adjudicative tasks undertaken by corporations behind social media platforms.