Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

The present report, submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 16/4, analyses the implications of States’ surveillance of communications on the exercise of the human rights to privacy and to freedom of opinion and expression.

While considering the impact of significant technological advances in communications, the report underlines the urgent need to further study new modalities of surveillance and to revise national laws regulating these practices in line with human rights standards.

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