The HRIA is the starting point for our ongoing review of the human rights landscape and of Verizon Media’s business plans. HRIAs inform our evolving strategies to promote and protect our users’ rights to free expression and privacy. When we conduct an HRIA, we review a number of factors, including:
- The international legal and moral foundations for the rights to freedom of expression and privacy.
- The general human rights landscape in the relevant country or region, with a particular focus on rule of law, free expression, and privacy.
- Local laws about free expression and privacy
- Verizon Media’s business and product plans for entry into the market.
- The existing and potential benefits of the Internet to the citizens of the relevant region or country.
Based upon what we learn, we identify potential human rights risks and opportunities that could arise from Verizon Media’s products and operations. We then make recommendations to avoid or mitigate those risks, and to protect our users, and promote human rights with our products and on our platforms.
As part of the HRIA process we also consult with a variety of local and regional experts, including GNI participants, government agencies, human rights organizations, academics, journalists, and other experts.