Cameras Everywhere Report 2011 - Key Recommendations

Policy Makers


Policy and lawmakers play a central role in guaranteeing that citizens have access and the capability to use information technologies in a manner that protects and promotes their rights. They also often set the frameworks within which ICTs are governed and held accountable. The recommendations below are an initial subset primarily centered on the U.S. and EU.


  1. Review existing legislation for consistency: Ensure policies are human rightscompatible across key areas of legislation and policymaking, both domestically and internationally.
  2. Update legislation on visual privacy issues: Review the Safe Harbor Principles and incorporate visual privacy data into existing restrictions on the transfer of personal data between countries.
  3. Review national legislation and international agreements on dualuse technologies: Scrutinize and update monitoring practices for dual-use technologies, particularly those used by repressive regimes and other governments for repressive purposes.


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Cameras Everywhere Report 2011

WITNESS’ Cameras Everywhere aims to ensure that the thousands of people using video for human rights can do so as effectively, safely and ethically as possible.

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