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Report: From Oppression to Liberation: Reclaiming the Right to Privacy

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Eva Blum-Dumontet, Research Officer at Privacy International, published her report on gender and privacy on November 28, 2018. The report, titled 'From Oppression to Liberation: Reclaiming the Right to Privacy', traces the history of privacy as a tool of oppressing women across different spheres, eventually calling for a feminist reclamation of privacy. Ambika Tandon was quoted.

Whose privacy are we fighting for when we say we defend the right to privacy? In this report we take a hard look at the right to privacy and its reality for women, trans and gender diverse people. We highlight how historically privacy has been appropriated by patriarchal rule and systems of oppression to keep women, trans and gender diverse people in the private sphere.

For us, this report is also an opportunity to show how surveillance and data exploitation are also uniquely affecting women, trans and gender diverse people. We demonstrate how patriarchy and systems of oppression rely on surveillance to perpetuate themselves and how surveillance and data exploitation need the rigid and gender-normative categories of patriarchy to function. We conclude by presenting how protecting the right to privacy can address some of these challenges.

We hope this report will be read as a call for action: privacy needs to be reclaimed by women, trans and gender diverse people.

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