Report: Privacy on social media...Violations and Means of Protection
In its report issued Saturday 14 August 2021, Skyline said that the biggest challenge facing the right to privacy in the digital age is the apparent absence of any binding legal rules in this area. In this context, we can say that international laws and regulations regarding the right to privacy have broadly protected privacy. Still, they did not address technological development problems and their impacts on privacy.
Skyline further stated that privacy has become threatened. Personal data has become a material used commercially for marketing advertisements, monitored by government agencies, or subjected to hacking for purposes harmful to its owners. Although safeguarding digital privacy from breaches is a recent issue, the relevant legal frameworks have not evolved accordingly, and it should be updated to tackle such abuses.
The human rights foundation ‘’Skyline’’ further added that ‘’ although many social networking services providers seek to protect users’ ID content, they have the right to edit, publish, transfer or store the content. This policy falls within hacking and spying operations, information security loss, and privacy violations for advertising, commercial, and other security purposes.”
‘’Moreover, all relevant stakeholders, including states, civil society, human rights organizations, the scientific community, businesses, and scholars, should effectively address challenges to the right to privacy, notably in an era that is dominated by modern communication technology,’’ said Skyline.
Skyline concluded its report by stating that all parties should form a common basis to protect individuals' rights and establish real mechanisms to confront spying companies' threats. They should develop a clear strategy in dealing with the privacy and confidentiality of individuals' information at several levels. Additionally, all concerned parties should exert more effort to ensure individuals' legal rights legally in case they are violated, by any party, whether countries or spying companies.