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Thursday, June 13 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Data Protection and Refugees: Informed consent in asylum process and access to aid

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Refugees are the target of surveillance in host regions like EU and US, and often the organizations that are designed to protect them share information about them without their consent. Refugees must give biometric data, as well as very sensitive information about why it is that they left their country and why they are afraid to go back. This information might include details about war crimes, crimes against humanity, or sexual violence--information that is extremely sensitive and must be protected. In this panel session, we will discuss how this affects the asylum process. After going over some standard process for refugee registration and information that is shared with them we will analyze: -If refugees are not informed about who has access to this information, how do they decide what information to share, knowing this will make or break their asylum application? -How do refugees feel about the information that is taken from them, especially the biometric data? How do they navigate through the system knowing there is a risk of surveillance? -How can stakeholder groups put pressure to ensure better practices during the registration process, and offer a dignified system for people who are in this very vulnerable state?


Dragana Kaurin

Founder & Director, Localization Lab
Dragana Kaurin is a human rights researcher and ethnographer working at the intersection of technology, human rights and migration. She is the founder and executive director of Localization Lab, a non-profit organization that works on technology adoption with local communities, research... Read More →

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Francisco Vera

Advocacy officer, Privacy International
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Zara Rahman

Deputy Director, The Engine Room
Zara is the Deputy Director of The Engine Room, a non-profit organisation supporting civil society to advance their missions via strategic, effective and responsible use of data and technology.
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Lea Beckmann

Litigator and Coordinator, Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte e.V. (GFF)
Lea is a human rights lawyer at Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte e.V. (GFF), a Berlin based NGO focussing on strategic litigation. She is responsible for the legal case work as well as the coordination with partners.
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Thea Anderson

Director, Omidyar Network
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Bushra Ebadi

Youth Advisor and Executive Committee Member, Canadian Commission for UNESCO
Bushra Ebadi is a social innovator, interdisciplinary researcher, and storyteller who works to advance the agency of marginalized individuals and communities around the world. She serves as a Youth Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm BST
Celtic (Palais)