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UN General Assembly approved resolution on right to privacy in digital age

December 19, 2013

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The UN General Assembly has unanimously approved resolution on „ The right to privacy in the digital age“. The resolution was passed after long discussions in the UN Committee facing opposition of USA and its allies. The resolution emphasizes „that unlawful or arbitrary surveillance and/or interception of communications, as well as unlawful or arbitrary collection of personal data, as highly intrusive acts, violate the rights to privacy and freedom of expression“ and notes that states must ensure compliance with their obligations according to the international law. The resolution also „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“.

While not obligatory to the states, this resolution makes an important step towards establishing an internationally recognised set of rules covering mass surveillance techniques.

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