Original HRC document


Document Type: Final Resolution

Date: 2018 Apr

Session: 37th Regular Session (2018 Feb)

Agenda Item: Item3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Topic: Privacy, Internet and Digital Rights

 GE.18-05505(E)


Human Rights Council Thirty-seventh session

26 February–23 March 2018

Agenda item 3

Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council on 22 March 2018

37/2. The right to privacy in the digital age

The Human Rights Council,

Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations,

Reaffirming the human rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Universal

Declaration of Human Rights and relevant international human rights treaties, including the

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of

Discrimination against Women, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,

Recalling all previous resolutions adopted by the General Assembly and the Human

Rights Council on the right to privacy in the digital age,

Recalling also its resolutions 5/1, on institution-building of the Human Rights

Council, and 5/2, on the Code of Conduct for Special Procedures Mandate Holders of the

Council, of 18 June 2007, and stressing that all mandate holders shall discharge their duties

in accordance with those resolutions and the annexes thereto,

1. Decides to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the right to

privacy for a period of three years under the same terms as provided for by the Human

Rights Council in its resolution 28/16 of 26 March 2015;

2. Calls upon all States to cooperate fully with and to assist the Special

Rapporteur in the performance of the mandate, including by providing all necessary

information requested by him or her, to respond promptly to his or her urgent appeals and

other communications, to consider favourably the mandate holder’s requests to visit their

countries and to consider implementing the recommendations made by the mandate holder

in his or her reports;

3. Encourages all relevant stakeholders, including the United Nations and its

agencies, programmes and funds, regional human rights mechanisms, national human rights

institutions, civil society and the private sector to cooperate fully with the Special

Rapporteur to enable him or her to fulfil the mandate;

4. Requests the Secretary-General and the United Nations High Commissioner

for Human Rights to provide the Special Rapporteur with all the human and financial

resources necessary for the effective fulfilment of the mandate;

5. Decides to continue its consideration of the matter under the same agenda


53rd meeting

22 March 2018

[Adopted without a vote.]