Skip to comments.Rights groups urge UN to back privacy protection
Posted on 11/21/2013 5:25:18 PM PST by Olog-hai
Human rights groups urged the U.N. General Assembly Thursday to approve a resolution to protect the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance in the digital age and criticized the U.S. and its key allies for trying to weaken it.
Brazil and Germany, whose leaders have allegedly been targeted by U.S. eavesdropping, circulated a revised draft late Wednesday after intense negotiations. The rights organizations said Thursday the text was relatively undamaged, despite lobbying by the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which comprise the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group.
The key compromise dropped the contention that the domestic and international interception and collection of communications and personal data, in particular massive surveillance, may constitute a human rights violation. The new text expresses deep concern at the negative impact that such surveillance, in particular when carried out on a mass scale, may have on the exercise and enjoyment of human rights.
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