UN Approves Resolution on Privacy Rights in the Digital Age

December 19, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

This week 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved a UN privacy resolution called "The right to privacy in the digital age." The resolution was introduced by Brazil and Germany and sponsored by more than 50 member states. The goal of the resolution is to uphold the right to privacy for everyone around the world. No doubt the resolution is in response to spying activities being conducted by the United States and the United Kingdom.

Here's an excerpt from the resolution:

"Requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to submit a report to the General Assembly on the protection of the right to privacy, including in the context of domestic and extraterritorial surveillance and/or interception of digital communications and collection of personal data, including on a mass scale."

In a nutshell, it calls on member states to protect the privacy rights of the world's citizens against surveillance through the rule of already established international law.

The full resolution can be read here. You can also find the EFF's take on this resolution here.


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Re: UN Approves Resolution on Privacy Rights in the Digital Age

Maybe Brazil should start by disconnecting/fining companies that engage in hacking and DDoS practices within their borders first.  I've had so much bad traffic from brazil on services I've hosted that I just nullroute all of brazil. Not worth my time until their national policy starts changing.

 
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