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A Guide to Litigating Identity Systems

– Privacy International

  • Toolkit
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 28 September 2020

A legal guide for litigators concerned about the impact of digital identity systems on human rights

Privacy International and the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School have produced this guide to highlight the gap in critical global legal literature about digital identity systems like Aadhaar, Huduma Namba, and Madhewoo.

“It gives advocates a tool for developing arguments in any given national context challenging an identity system, informing debate from a human rights perspective, and further building the repertoire of arguments that can be advanced in the future.”

Broken into five parts, the guide presents arguments around identity systems, biometrics, data protection concerns, rights of liberty, dignity, and equality, providing an overview of identity systems’ implications for the rule of law, the role of international human rights law, and considerations of gender identity.

By developing these arguments in conjunction with the variety of existing arguments illustrated in this guide, advocates can address and challenge the multitude of facets of human rights threatened by identity systems

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