Understanding Private Surveillance Providers and Technologies

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Apr 05, 2024 | Privacy International and the Geneva Centre for Security Governance Sector

This policy paper by Privacy Internationaland the Geneva Centre for Security Governance Sector (DCAF) explores the potential forthe regulatory framework for international private military and securitycompanies (PMSC) to provide more effective regulation of surveillance servicesby the private sector. To achieve this, it establishes a common languageand terminology between security sector governance and surveillancepractitioners,provides examples of how surveillanceimpacts the right to privacy and other human rights and highlights howinfringements of the right to privacy by private surveillance providers andtechnologies result in chains of cause and effect on other rights (such as theright to life). It recommends steps to ensure that private surveillanceservices are appropriately and effectively covered and overseen by PMSC.



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