Emirates News Agency – The National Human Rights Authority participates in the conference “Challenges to protect privacy under artificial intelligence”

Maqsood Cruz is chairing the closing session on “Roads to the Future”.


CAIRO, July 28 / WAM / A delegation from the National Human Rights Authority, led by His Excellency Maqsoud Cruz, President of the Authority, participated in the activities of the “International Conference to strengthen the protection of the right to privacy in the context of Artificial Intelligence Challenges”, which was held in the Arab Republic of Egypt and lasted for two days with the participation of representatives of national human rights institutions, experts in law, communication technology, media and human rights from 23 countries, in addition to representatives of the executive, legislative and judicial authorities, and leaders of 32 human rights NGOs in 16 Arab countries and 7 European countries.

The conference, organized by the Arab Organization for Human Rights and the Permanent High Committee for Human Rights on July 21 and 22 in Cairo, addressed the challenges of protecting the right to privacy in light of the developments in artificial intelligence. of the most important issues of concern to the human rights movement and legal scholars around the world, especially in light of the great impact that the communication technology revolution and artificial intelligence developments have had on the protection of the right to privacy, leading to the violation of privacy led. life and ensuring the confidentiality of correspondence.

His Excellency Maqsoud Cruz, President of the National Human Rights Authority, chaired the closing session of the activities of the international conference, which was devoted to the discussion of the topic “Public Debate on Paths to the Future”, with the participation of counsel Dr. Hassan Badrawi, former Assistant Minister of Justice for Legislative Affairs, and Dr. Maged Othman, Minister of Communications The former Egyptian president of Telecom Egypt “WE”.

The session touched on future solutions, visions and proposals that can be worked on to counter the effects of information and technological development on the protection of the right to privacy, the need to review legislation and establish legal frameworks that provide protection for ensure users of communication technology. data and information, and their browsing in full safety, in addition to the importance of finding joint international cooperation. Between human rights organizations, research and intellectual centers, and relevant institutions, to maintain a safe digital environment.

His Excellency Maqsoud Cruz confirmed that the conference included six work sessions, which mainly focused on discussing the challenges of realizing the right to privacy in the light of technological development, and how the violation of the right to privacy activates of other human rights affected, as well as the legal and social challenges of artificial intelligence, and the responsibility of the state and companies The special measures in the protection of information and data and ensuring the right to privacy for citizens, in addition to the necessary measures for the protection of privacy in the context of artificial intelligence.

He said: “The negative consequences arising from the misuse of communication technology and artificial intelligence on the right to privacy by many companies and individuals have become a major threat to some aspects of basic human rights and public freedoms, especially in light of the superiority of institutional and professional entities in creating and innovating that help to violate the privacy of individuals for various motives, such as marketing and advertising that depend on the disclosure of information and data and analysis of trends and patterns of personal and consumer behavior, in exchange for the poor ability of ordinary individuals to avoid sources of deprivation of their privacy, exposing themselves to the violation of the sanctity of private life and the confidentiality of correspondence and interactions.

He added: “The discussions we have touched on have not overlooked or ignored the tremendous benefits that communications technology and artificial intelligence have achieved, both in terms of helping them improve human conditions and raising cultural, scientific and educational development, and through their role in bridging the gap of rapprochement and communication between people and cultures, facilitating access to information and access to its sources, helping to spread a culture of human rights among all public circles, and constantly striving to reach the most marginalized groups in society, ending with their unlimited abilities to expose illegal practices such as corruption, combating the culture of exclusion and speedy access to offenders to achieve speedy justice.

His Excellency explained that there must be a social agreement to confront the effects of the rapid development of communication technology and artificial intelligence on the right to privacy, by unifying legislative efforts and responsibilities of states, private sector institutions, civil society organizations define. and individuals, to ensure the protection of human rights in the context of the use of artificial intelligence.

Following the conference, the National Human Rights Authority participated in the “observer capacity” of the eleventh meeting of the regular session of the General Assembly of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, held on 23 and 24 July in Cairo. to review the literary and financial reports of the outgoing organization’s Board of Trustees for the period from November 2018 to July 2022, and to hold elections by direct secret ballot to elect 20 members of the new Board of Trustees from the 26 members who applied. for candidacy 30 days before the meeting’s work.

Wm/ Dina Omar

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