Privacy International (PI) is an international human rights organisation that works to advance and promote the right to privacy around the world.
The Social Media Exchange (SMEX)is a registered Lebanese nonproﬁt that conducts training, research, and advocacy on strategic communications and human rights in the digital era.
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international organization and network with ECOSOC Status. Its mission is to empower and support organizations, social movements and individuals in and through the use of information and communication technologies.
Together PI, SMEX and APC wish to bring their concerns about the protection and promotion of the right to privacy in Lebanon before the Human Rights Council for consideration in Lebanon’s upcoming review.
The right to privacy
International obligations related to privacy
Areas of Concern
I. Lack of constitutional protection of the right to privacy
II. Communication surveillance
Lack of application of judicial oversight of administrative authorisation
Unauthorised bulk interception of data
Monitoring by non-state actors
Purchase of internet monitoring systems
Limiting access to internet and mobile services
Restrictions and limitation on anonymity
Lack of oversight of security agencies
III. Data protection
Unique ID number e-government initiative and the impending deployment of biometric passports