A few weeks ago, I was proud to be a signatory to an open letter (available here and here), from the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), Digital Rights Ireland (DRI), and several scientists, data protection experts, and academics, warning that experts and the public need to see details of the Government’s planned contact tracing app. By way of follow-up, ICCL, DRI and others have drafted principles for legislators on the implementation of new technologies. These principles seek to frame positive engagement with Government and legislators on the implementation of technologies developed in-house or in partnership with third parties, such as Covid-19 contact-tracing apps. The principles (pdf; via here) are set out below; and, once again, I am proud to be a signatory.
Principles for legislators on the implementation of new technologies
The Irish Government and Irish legislators must not abandon their legal responsibilities to ensure any tech solution deployed as part of public policies is developed with human rights at the front and centre, and has robust privacy protections.
In a democracy, any technology developed by a government or in partnership with third parties, will need to have the trust and consent of the population to work effectively.…