Last year, prompted by the Snowden revelations, the UN took the important step to address global mass surveillance: the adoption of the 2013 UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age. It’s adoption meant that all governments agreed to respect and protect the right to privacy, and to review legislation and practices on surveillance interception and collection of personal data.
Out of that resolution came the commission of a report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Released in July of this year, the authoritative report put beyond doubt that the very existence of mass surveillance programmes interfere with human rights.
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