Universal Declaration of Data Rights as Human Rights

May 11, 2021

We, the people of a democracy, declare data rights fundamental to civil and human rights.

As artificial intelligence is being used as a gatekeeper to opportunity in employment, healthcare, housing, education, and policing, we, the people, citizens of democracy, refuse to have our liberties limited and opportunities denied by artificial intelligence.

We, the people of a democracy, refuse to have our faces and personal information be subject to invasive surveillance. Personal data should be processed lawfully, fairly, and transparently.

We refuse corporations profiting off the limitless use of our data without willful consent.

We demand the right to restrict how our data is used and limit its sale to third party data brokers. We demand the right to be informed about who processes, stores, disseminates and receives our data, for how long, and for what purposes. Data collection should always be for a specified, explicit, and legitimate use.

We demand the right to access our data from those that have collected it, correct inaccuracies, and, if needed, erase our data.

We have the right to object to the processing of our personal data, biometric data or other sensitive data. Access to basic services and our freedom to move should not be denied to use based on our unwillingness to share our data.

We demand a prohibition on collecting biometric and other special categories of personal data without our affirmative consent, especially data that reveals our racial or ethnic origins, political opinions, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs.

We demand a moratorium on the use of racially biased and invasive surveillance technologies like facial recognition by all law enforcement agencies – including police, FBI, and ICE. We the people must democratically determine how these tools are used, and ban uses that breach fundamental civil rights.

We demand algorithmic systems be vetted for accuracy, bias, and non-discrimination , evaluated for harms and capacity for abuse, and subject to continuous scrutiny. 

We refuse for other people’s data to be used to make assumptions about who we are and to discriminate against us by association.

We demand the right to legal recourse and to file suit in court if our data rights are violated or artificial intelligence robs us of opportunity. The protection of data rights must be governed by elected leaders. Transparency is meaningless without being able to hold big tech companies accountable.

We, the people of a democracy, demand to be seen as more than data – as human beings with inherent value and inalienable rights.

We, the people of a democracy, declare data rights fundamental to civil and human rights.

Sign the petition here:


Donate To Support Us

Not for Profit Organisation

STANZ is a not-for-profit organisation which relies on the good will of its members to run its operations. The only source of funding it currently receives are from donations from members and the public.

STANZ has an elected Coordinating Committee that meets regularly to organise the affairs and activities of the society.

Related Articles

How Big Tech Is Consuming America’s Electricity And Water

Many analysts laud data centers as one of the fastest-growing sectors of the real estate market, but the industry may soon find itself hitting a wall as local communities put up increasing resistance to the industry’s seemingly insatiable appetite for power and water.

10 Reasons Parents Cave And Give Kids Smartphones

Why do strong parents allow smartphones to win the battle in their homes? In my experience over the past eight years of working with families, there are many ways to get tripped up by the smartphone decision. Here are a few of the many reasons why parents cave.

Follow Us

Social Media to keep up to date with the latest news and views


Support STANZ in its Mission to make Aotearoa New Zealand safe for people and the environment

Join Our Newsletter

Keep up to date with our quarterly newsletter summarising the most important news, views and campaign actions