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States should respect people’s right to privacy

 States should respect people’s right to privacy- UN expert“States’ ability to conduct surveillance is no longer limited by its scale or duration thanks to technological advances. These have facilitated invasive and arbitrary monitoring of individuals, who may not even be able to know they have been subjected to such surveillance, let alone challenge it,” noted the UN Special Rapporteur Continue reading

UN comments on mass state surveillance and human rights

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, briefs journalists on the state of human rights around the globe, at a press conference held at the UN Office in Geneva. In her opening statement, Ms. Pillay asked “all States to devote much more to making human rights a reality”. 30 June 2011 Geneva, SwitzerlandThe situation of Edward Snowden and alleged large-scale violations of the right of privacy by surveillance programmes raise a number of important international human rights issues which need to be addressed, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said on Friday. “While concerns about national security and criminal activity may Continue reading

UN comments on mass surveillance programmes

Wide view of the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council. 27 May 2013 Geneva, SwitzerlandIn response to a question about mass surveillance programmes and human rights, the UN human rights body (OHCHR) has replied that of relevance to the current debates on methods of mass surveillance, is article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)*. This prohibits States from interfering with the privacy Continue reading