UN General Assembly: Brazil, Germany introduce resolution on Right to Privacy in the Digital Age
Today at the General Assembly, Brazil and Germany formally introduced their draft resolution on “The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age.” The text of the draft resolution deals directly with the recently exposed practice of mass surveillance, expressing a deep concern for the:
“human rights violations and abuses that may result from the conduct of any surveillance of communications, including extraterritorial surveillance of communications, their interception, as well as the collection of personal data, in particular massive surveillance, interception and data collection”
The text draws significantly from the report (A/HRC/23/40) of Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Frank La Rue, issued earlier this year, as well as Human Rights Council resolutions 20/8 on “The promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet” and 12/16 on “Freedom of opinion and expression.”
Germany and Brazil have been leading diplomatic efforts on surveillance issues in recent months, amid widespread international outrage at revelations of the U.S. National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs ensuring that advances in technology do not lead to disproportionate increases in the State’s capacity to interfere with the private lives of individuals.