Voice & Privacy

Personal information of employees improperly handled, stored, disposed or deliberately exposed


Misuse employee information may result in human rights violations, particularly where sensitive medical or financial information is exposed. Companies working in countries with weak levels of rule of law, must employ extra safeguards to protect employees’ personal data. Data must not be shared with parties that intend to use the information to attack human rights. Furthermore, arbitrary interference with privacy is considered a human rights violation. Under Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.”

Relevant Human Rights Instruments

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, Article 12
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966, Article 17
Declaration on the Use of Scientific and Technological Progress in the Interests of Peace and for the Benefit of Mankind, 1975, Articles 2, 6 and 8



SDG 8.8

Companies that protect the personal data of employees contribute to SDG 8.8: Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.