UN: Online Privacy Now Considered a Human Right

Karl Bode
January 17, 2014

The United Nations has unanimously voted to adopt a resolution calling for online privacy to be recognized as a human right, a recent resolution extending the general human right of privacy to the online world. With a clear eye on recent Snowden revelations in the States, the resolution calls on countries “to establish or maintain existing independent, effective domestic oversight mechanisms capable of ensuring transparency, as appropriate, and accountability for State surveillance of communications.” Of course since resolutions aren’t binding, the UN’s recommendations can and will likely be ignored by most UN member countries.

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