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UN Passes Internet Privacy Resolution

INTERNATIONAL PRIVACY

November 27, 2013

The United Nations General Assembly’s Human Rights Committee has unanimously approved an unlawful surveillance resolution originally proposed by Brazil and Germany, the Associated Press reports. Though symbolic, the resolution looks to pass along privacy rights to people around the world. The U.S., along with the other “Five Eyes” nations, had tried to dilute some of the resolution’s language, the report states. Brazil’s UN ambassador said the resolution “established for the first time that human rights should prevail irrespective of the medium and therefore need to be protected online and offline.” Germany’s ambassador queried, “Is the human right to privacy still protected in our digital world? And should everything that is technologically feasible, be allowed?”
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