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UN Adopts Internet Privacy Resolution

Magazine article Information Management

UN Adopts Internet Privacy Resolution

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The United Nations (UN) General Assembly's human rights committee unani- mously adopted a resolution to protect the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance. Germany and Brazil sponsored the resolu- tion following the revelation of U.S. eavesdropping on foreign leaders, including Brazil President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancelor Angela Merkel.

According to Brazil's U.N. am- bassador, Antonio de Aguiar Patri- ota, the resolution "establishes for the first time that human rights should prevail irrespective of the medium, and therefore need to be protected online and offline."

The Associated Press report- ed that the United States did not fight the resolution after success- fully lobbying the "Five Eyes" Intelligence-sharing group - the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand - to dilute some of the draft language. The key compromise dropped the contention that the domestic and international interception and collection of communications and personal data, "in particular mas- sive surveillance," may constitute a human rights violation. …

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