This is big! The UN has passed a draft resolution on ‘potential threats to human rights such as the right to privacy in the digital age’. The draft was passed by a vote, with the UN calling upon its members to ‘review their procedures, practices and legislation regarding the surveillance of communications, their interception and collection of personal data, including mass surveillance, interception and collection, with a view to upholding the right to privacy by ensuring the full and effective implementation of all their obligations under international human rights law”.
Privacy is a human right
In other words…privacy is a human right, and new technologies are putting that right at risk. Obviously the recent reports about U.S surveillance on a global scale have forced the issue to become a more prominent focus at the UN.
Interestingly enough, the resolution was co-sponsored by Germany and Brazil – countries whose leaders were supposedly spied on by the US NSA.
Petition on Privacy
Several human rights groups have organized a petition in support of this resolution. The petition includes a list of 13 policies that have been put together to help governments protect human rights. You can review the petition and the 13 principles here. To date, over 11,000 individuals, globally have signed the petition and it will be shared with the UN.
Will you sign the petition to protect your privacy?