Photo of soldier having his iris scanned for identity

Identity matching bills threaten our rights

Proposed identity matching laws threaten the privacy of Australians and pose a high risk to other human rights, Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow today told a Parliamentary Joint Committee.Commissioner Santow said the bills should not be made...
Thursday 3 May 2018
Kenneth Roth, Edward Santow, Human Rights Watch, RightsTalk

RightsTalk: from fax machines to social media

Technology is creating new challenges to our rights but it is also a “democratising tool” that can facilitate positive change, says Human Rights Watch’s international executive director Kenneth Roth.The Australian Human Rights Commission hosted Mr...
Wednesday 18 April 2018
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Facebook privacy investigation welcomed

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the Privacy Commissioner’s investigation into whether Facebook has breached Australia’s privacy laws.  Acting Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk today launched a formal...
Thursday 5 April 2018
Kenneth Roth Human Rights Watch

Talking tech and human rights

We are watched like never before. Governments, corporations and others are using new technologies to gather huge amounts of information about us. How will this unprecedented surveillance affect our human rights?The Australian Human Rights Commission...
Wednesday 21 March 2018
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Race, Disability and Human Rights at the UN

Three of our Commissioners have recently presented to the United Nations on the human rights situation in Australia.Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane provided a video address to the Human Rights Council on March 19 about the “...
Monday 19 March 2018

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