Interview with Tomaso Falchetta from Privacy International

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Since a couple of years ago, there has been increased focus on State surveillance or on what companies do on collection of personal data

CCPR-Centre:

Could you please present the NGO you’re working for?

Tomaso Falchetta:

I’m one of the Legal Officers at Privacy International. Privacy International is a NGO that focuses on the right to privacy. It was created 25 years ago. Since a couple of years ago, there has been increased focus on State surveillance or on what companies do on collection of personal data. We produce fact finding investigations, reports, and use them for our advocacy at national and international level. We are also involved in litigation in national and regional courts. We have a good network of partner NGOs that support us and we support them in work around privacy.

CCPR-Centre:

What were your main concerns regarding Human Rights status in UK?

Tomaso Falchetta:

We submitted in other countries like Uzbekistan, France and Macedonia. This is my first attendance representing Privacy International. Main concern for UK was on mass surveillance, including lack of clarity of legislation.

CCPR-Centre:

Do you think your concerns were addressed by the Committee?

Tomaso Falchetta:

Committee addressed these concerns and raised good questions. In the wrap up, surveillance was among the key concerns identified by the Committee.

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