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Spying Fallout Continues; Countries Draft UN Resolution


October 28, 2013

Internal documents from UK intelligence agency GCHQ indicate fears of a “damaging public debate” on the scale of its activities, The Guardian reports. GCHQ feared such a debate could lead to legal challenges against mass-surveillance programs, the report states. In the U.S., former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a “full, comprehensive discussion” on the balance between privacy and security; experts debated the worth of mass data collection to begin with, and U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) said in an opinion piece that he learned much more about U.S. surveillance policies from the media than from intelligence meetings. Meanwhile, Germany and Brazil are reportedly working on a UN General Assembly resolution on surveillance.
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