Serious Privacy

Inside the Red Cross: Privacy in Humanitarian Action (Massimo Marelli)

August 11, 2021 Paul Breitbarth & K Royal of TrustArc, with Massimo Marelli Season 2 Episode 27
Serious Privacy
Inside the Red Cross: Privacy in Humanitarian Action (Massimo Marelli)
Show Notes

This week, #SeriousPrivacy is in summer mode, with a special episode from the borders of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Paul Breitbarth had the opportunity to speak to Massimo Marelli, Head of the Data Protection Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent (ICRC). Massimo is one of the authors of the Handbook on data protection in humanitarian action, and leading the various efforts of the ICRC to meet data protection standards both at headquarters and in the field.

K Royal provides a short introduction explaining a little about the definition of "International organization" in Article 4 of the GDPR - "‘international organisation’ means an organisation and its subordinate bodies governed by public international law, or any other body which is set up by, or on the basis of, an agreement between two or more countries."  As promised here is a list of international organizations.  -

In this episode, you will hear about why data protection would matter in a humanitarian crisis situation, how the ICRC is dealing with personal data across the board and what efforts are made to raise awareness for data protection in other humanitarian organisations. Part of the awareness raising effort is the Data Protection Officer (DPO) Humanitarian Action Certification that was recently launched by Maastricht University and is supported by TrustArc. 

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